Page from the Koran

This page is one side of a double-sided sheet from a copy of the Koran, a collection of revelations to the Prophet Mohammed that forms the basis of the Islamic religion. Information within the book indicates that the scribe worked on it for 22 years and completed it in 1207 A.D. The black letters are in Arabic and the smaller red letters are in Persian. The book was found in Tehran, Iran, in 1952, and this sheet was donated to the Smithsonian Institution from the Biblical Library of Stanley S. Slotkin.
In the Islamic tradition, representations of human or animal figures are discouraged, resulting in a fluid calligraphic style often incorporating geometric and floral designs.
Currently not on view
Object Name
manuscript page
sheet (paper)
Date made
1207 AD
previous owner
Slotkin, Stanley S.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
gold leaf (overall material)
overall: 29.5 cm x 17.5 cm; 11 5/8 in x 6 7/8 in
place were the book was found
Îrān: Tehrān, Tehran
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Cultures & Communities
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Visitor Comments

7/19/2013 10:14:24 AM
The fact that there is a page of the holy book Quran (Koran) from 1200 AD in the National Museum of American History is simply amazing. I feel proud to be an American Muslim. USA! USA! USA!
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