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Rare 500-year-old Koran digitised for the first time at The John Rylands Library

19 Jan 2011

View the digitisation process online

A rarely-seen manuscript of one of the world's most important and largest Korans is to be published online. Experts at the John Rylands Library are using digital technology and the internet to reunite the 470 page Rylands Koran of Kansuh al-Ghuri with two missing leaves, discovered in the 1970s at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin.

This Koran was written by several scribes, though historians disagree on when it was written, with estimates ranging from the second half of the 14th century to 1500. Analysis of the digital images should aid scholars to date the manuscript more accurately.

The project is funded by the Islamic Manuscript Association. For more information and images, please go to: