Inv. No. LNS 19 CAab – A Qur'ānic Manuscript From 1st Century Of Hijra

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A folio in the ḥijāzī script from Kuwait.


Second half of 1st century AH / Late 7th or early 8th century CE.[1]

Inventory No.

LNS 19 CAab

Size & Folios

The folio has the approximate dimensions of 31.5 cm (height) x 21.6 cms (width). There is one folio in this collection.

History Of The Manuscript

The provenance of the folio is unknown. It was acquired by Dār al-Athar al-Islāmiyyah, Kuwait, in an auction conducted by the Sotheby's in 1979.[2]

Script & Ornamentation[3]


This manuscript bears a striking resemblence to the British Musuem Ms. Or. 2165. Just like the latter, the former is not vocalised. The consonants are frequently differentiated by dashes. Six oval dots ranked in three pairs punctuate the verses. Every tenth verse is marked by a red hollow circle surrounded by dots. Even the size of the folio is same as those found in Ms. Or. 2165. Thus, it can be said with reasonable certainty that both Ms. Or. 2165 and LNS 19 CAab belong to the same codex.


Below is the published folio of this codex.

LNS 19 CAab
Folio Number Qur'anic Surah Size of the Folio (cm.) Image Publication
5:89 – 6:12 (bifolio) 31.5 x 21.6 Jenkins, 1983[3]


Dār al-Athar al-Islāmiyyah, Kuwait.

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[1] B. Gruendler, The Development Of The Arabic Scripts: From The Nabatean Era To The First Islamic Century According To Dated Texts, 1993, Harvard Semitic Series No. 43, Scholars Press: Atlanta (GA), p. 135.

[2] Oriental Manuscripts And Miniatures: The Property Of The Hagop Kevorkian Fund, 23rd April 1979, 1979, Sotheby's: London, Lot 13.

[3] M. Jenkins (Ed.), The Al-Sabah Collection: Islamic Art In The Kuwait National Museum, 1983, Sotheby, p. 18.

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