The Qur'an
The divine, heavenly revelation constitutes God's order and laws and is the sublime compilation of all that is perfect. Therefore, it holds the highest place in Islamic faith. Our knowledge concerning the way in which the verses were revealed and the original Qur'an written is limited to various narration that have reached us in written form. In one of these we read, "Imam Ali was one of the earliest scribes of the Holy Qur'an". The execution of this task also was ascribed to various Muslim saints and great men.
Fragments of the Qur'an, in Kuf´c script and written on deerskin (during the 9th century AD), are among the earliest examples in the present collection and represent the primitive Kuf´c calligraphic style.
This script later underwent various changes, and also more elaborate methods of copying the Qur'an were developed. Vocal signs and dots were added, and gradually more legible scripts such as Thulth, Naskh, Reyhan and Reqa were achieved, providing more adequate media for copying the divine revelation.
Moreover, the religious devotion and heartfelt interest of innumerable scribes from successive centuries played an important role for the Holy Qur'an copied and decorated in such exquisite manners that its divine message was enriched with all that their art could master

 
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