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Eléonore Cellard
Thread. Ancient Qur’ān scrolls 1/6. Material investigations of Qur’ān manuscripts suggest that the Qur’ān adopted the codex shape since the first centuries. However, in the Damascus collection, now kept in Istanbul Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, there are a few exceptions.
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Eléonore Cellard Dec 21
Replying to @CellardEleonore
2/6. These are called rotuli (pl. of rotulus), or vertical rolls, as the script is parallel to the unrolling of the scroll. In that, it differs from the volumen, which was the main book form before the codex. The rotulus was also known in other scribal cultures.
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Eléonore Cellard Dec 21
Replying to @CellardEleonore
3/6. We know little about these unusual artifacts. Based on the publications of D. & J. Sourdel and S. Ory (1965), there are some 40 Qur’an rotuli. They use scripts styles similar to muṣḥafs. So, we can date the earliest ones (kufic D, C.III?) very broadly from the 9th century.
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Eléonore Cellard Dec 21
Replying to @CellardEleonore
4/6. All of them are now damaged. The longest one is 2 meters (by 15.5 cm width) ; it’s composed of 3 sheets of parchment, stitched together with gold silk thread. Here, the text (now 200 lines) is written recto/verso.
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Eléonore Cellard Dec 21
Replying to @CellardEleonore
5/6. These rotuli could be written recto/verso or only on the recto. They seem to display always continous sequences of the Qur’ān text. Except in one scroll, where there could be a selection (of sūras) : sūra 67 immediately follows sūra 62.
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Eléonore Cellard Dec 21
Replying to @CellardEleonore
6/6. According to D. & J. Sourdel, these rotuli were indeed not intented to display the entire text, as the muṣḥafs, but were rather collections of Qur’anic verses, used for a different purpose. In any case, these artifacts merit further investigation.
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عبدالله محمد المنيف Dec 21
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الروايات المبكرة في عهد النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم تدل على أن المصاحف والأوراق الرقية كانت بهذا الشكل الذي يشبه الرول.
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Eléonore Cellard Dec 21
Replying to @a_muneef
Interesting! For now, there is no material evidence for the existence of such scrolls before the 3rd century H. Maybe earlier documents will be found in the future.
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Marijn "i before j" van Putten Dec 21
I didn't know these existed either!
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Makaveli Dec 21
Replying to @CellardEleonore
I saw these not so long ago, feel fortunate considering how rare they are :) thanks for the post
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Danielle Widmann Abraham Dec 21
Where was this? These are smaller than the one I saw
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