2,500 rare texts from Islamic world to go online for free

Quran 1oth century

A 10th-century miniature Qur’an, which is part of the collection. Photograph: National Library of Israel.  The Muslim Times has the best collection about the holy Quran and the Muslim heritage

Source: The Guardian

National Library of Israel is digitising collection of manuscripts and books dating back to ninth century

By Dalya Alberge

More than 2,500 rare manuscripts and books from the Islamic world covering a period of more than a thousand years are to be made freely available online.

The National Library of Israel (NLI) in Jerusalem is digitising its world-class collection of items in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish, dating from the ninth to the 20th centuries, including spectacularly beautiful Qur’ans and literary works decorated with gold leaf and lapis lazuli.

The NLI’s treasures include an exquisite Iranian copy of Gift to the Noble (Tuhfat al-Ahrar), created barely three years after the completion of a 1484 collection of verse on religious and moral themes by the great Persian mystical poet Nur al-Din Jami.

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