This is a very rare lithographed Quran from south east asia. So far this is one of two known complete Qurans lithiographed in Singapore in year 1869 CE by Terengganu scribe.
Lithography is a process in which the actual handwritten script is transferred to a paper. The Quran lithography was used initially in Calcutta in 1854, in Cairo in 1864 and in Constantinople in 1872. However the first Quran lithographed in south east asia was done in Palembang in 1848 CE.
From the article “ The spirit of Langkasuka? Illuminated manuscripts from the east coast of the Malay Peninsula” written by Dr. Annabel Teh Gallop ( The British Library), she stated that there are only 6 copies of known lithographed Quran which has Terengganu (East Coast Malaysia) influence which were published in Singapore with the earliest one dated 20 Rabiulawal 1287 AH ( 20 June 1870 CE).
Singapore Quran in National Library
With this discovery, this Quran was recorded in Dr. Ian Proudfoot’s article titled “Early Malay Printed Books”.
Item : A Lithogrpahed Malay Quran
Content : A complete Quran
Dim : 13" x 8" x 2.5"
Date : 13 Rajab 1286 AH ( 1869 CE)
Copyist : Tengku Yusof Bin Al Marhum Tengku Ibrahim
Origin : Singapore
Calligraphy : Nasqh
Design : Text written in Nasqh script on thick inlaid paper with vowel & diacritical signs in black. 15 lines per page.
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