ABOUT THE KORAN OF KATTA LANGAR:
The collection of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences holds 81 sheets of one of the earliest lists of the Koran, dating from the last quarter of the 8th century and made by an unknown calligrapher.
The manuscript was purchased by Academician I.Y. Krachkovsky in 1936 for the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Soviet Academy of Sciences.
A fundamental study of the unique list was conducted by Professor E.A. Rezvan. During the study of the manuscript it was established that the sheets of the St. Petersburg fragment contained almost 40% of the Koranic text. These texts are 44 surahs, of which the total is 22. The list of sheets as a whole is well preserved, but there are also severely damaged sheets, with lost fragments.
In addition to the general cultural value of these documents, their enormous scientific importance should be noted. Paleographic analysis of the text allows, in particular, to trace the history of the development of styles of calligraphic writing and the book culture of the Muslim East as a whole.