A journey to search my soul

This is a blog of my personal collections. The purpose of this blog is to educate myself and public in regards to antiquities especially related to religion and calligraphy. I welcome everyone to input their feedback in this blog which they think would be helpful. I do not watermark the photos in this blog so everyone is free to use them as long as they are not used for illegal and unethical reasons. I appreciate if you could notify me if you plan to use any of the photos here. Enjoy browsing!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ancient manuscript Review 09 : Somalia Quran ( 1249 AH )

At last I managed to have these 7 volume of full Quran from Somalia!! I used to have similar set but was confiscated by Abu Dhabi custom. Alhamdulillah these one were approved by Ministry of Information and released by Dubai custom.Thanks to my friend, D, from Somalia who has managed to acquire these books for me.

This Quran consists of 7 books.I still couldn't figure what type of script written. Is it a Sudani script ( from a Maghribi Script) or is it a twisted form of Naskh script. I need to do more research.

There is a colophone at the end of one of these books mentioning the date as 23 Rejab 1249 Ah ( December 1833 CE).

Manuscript Specs

Item : A Somalian complete Quran in 7 books
Content : Quran written in Naskh ( or Sudani) with vowel & diacritical signs.The world " Allah" in red. 11 lines per page
Dim : 9" x 7" x 1" ( 7 books in total)
Date : 23 Rejab 1249 AH ( December 1833 CE)
Copyist : anonymous
Origin : Somalia
Calligraphy : Naskh or Sudani
Design : leather.
Purchased Price :USD

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ancient Manuscript Review 08 : Mini handwritten Quran ( 1268AH)

This is one of miniature Qurans in my collections. The size is 3.5" x 2.5" x 1.5". I acquired this Quran recently from a friend in India. This Quran originally belonged to elderly couples who live in Rajputna ( Rajastan). The Quran has 2 first pages & the last page illuminated. The colophone dated this Quran to 1268 AH ( 1852 C.E)with anonymous copyist.

Manuscript Specs

Item : Indian Miniature Handwritten Quran
Content : A complete Quran written in Naskh without vowel & diacritical signs. 19 lines per page within a gold frame & red border
Dim : 3.5" x 2.5" x 1.5"
Date : Rabiul Akhir 1268 AH ( March 1852 CE)
Copyist : anonymous
Origin : North India
Calligraphy : Naskh
Design : cloth wrapped hard cover.
Purchased Price :USDsm

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Antique miniature Quran

At last I received today my antique miniature Quran. I will try to upload the pictures later today. Its totally different than my other mini Qurans.I was a bit worried last time as my other antique Qurans from Africa got held up in Dubai custom so I thought this mini Quran will also be questioned. Alhamdulillah it passed through. Now I am waiting a call from Dubai custom in regards to the fate of my Somalian Qurans.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


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Sept Update

Ramadhan is over. My life is rolling back to its course. Few things happened this month. I purchased 1 dated mini Quran from India. It is different than my other mini Quran. All pages is gold gilded. I cant wait to receive it probably next week. Price....quite expensive. I paid double this time compared to my other Octo mini Quran ( see the spec under manuscript).Once receive the Quran I will display it in here. Also, earlier last week, I have a chat with my friend who is an artist. He told me about his works and his exhibitions. It is very inspiring!! I have a thought of putting up an exhibition to display my old manuscripts & coins and my calligraphy. My first step towards that was purchasing a framing tool!! I will explain about this tool and post the picture later. Last but not least is that I have sold 3 old Quran manuscripts to my friend in Saudi Arabia. He is also a collector and he has good intention of putting up an exhibition in his city. So I can resist his request to purchase my manuscripts though I had no intention ever to sell them.