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Rare Quranic manuscript to be on the web soon

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  • Zia- ur-Rehman
    Rare Quranic manuscript to be on the web soon Daily Times, Staff Report, 24/9/2002 http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_24-9-2002_pg7_29
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      Rare Quranic manuscript to be on the web soon
      Daily Times, Staff Report, 24/9/2002
      http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_24-9-2002_pg7_29

      WASHINGTON: Images from a rare 14th century manuscript of the Quran will be put on the website of the British Library () soon, it has been reported here.

      According to an agency report, “One of the British Library’s most important Arabic treasures has been brought to a wider audience using the latest digital technology. Visitors to Britain’s national library can browse computerised pages of a 700-year-old Koran, Islam’s sacred book, on a screen. It is the first time the public has been given the chance to ‘turn the pages’ of the seven-volume manuscript, written in gold ink in the early 14th century.”

      One of the masterpieces of the library’s Arabic collection, it was copied by master calligrapher Muhammad ibn al-Wahid in 1304 in Egypt.

      The library has used touch screen technology called ‘Turning the Pages’ to give people the impression of flicking through parts of the manuscript. Images from the work will be put on the library’s website and sold on CD-ROMs for home computers.

      The project was funded by the Noon Foundation, a charitable body set up by Indian-born ready-meals entrepreneur Gulam Noon. The library’s collection has developed over 250 years and has 150 million items covering every age of written civilisation.

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      Zia-ur-Rehman,
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