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Collections: See 3 Quran leaves dating as far back as 1106 at Phoenix library

By Amber Victoria Singer
Published: Friday, September 8, 2023 - 12:58pm

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Quran leaf with gold flowers and red and black text
Amber Victoria Singer
This Quran leaf is from 1327 and is on display in the Rare Book Room at Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix.

Collections is a series from The Show devoted to the things we acquire and treasure.

We’ve heard about collections of old shoes, old lamps and old bottles. Today, we’re talking about something that’s been around for much longer.

Three leaves, or pages, from the Quran are on view in the Rare Book Room at Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix. The leaves, along with many of the other books in the collection, were left to the library in one donor’s will. 

The leaves are dated to 1106, 1200 and 1327.

Han Hsien Liew, Arizona State University assistant professor of Islamic studies, talks more about the artifacts with The Show. 

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