Codex Ṣanʿāʾ DAM 01-28.1 – A Qur'ānic Manuscript From 1st / 2nd Century Of Hijra

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Maṣāḥif Ṣanʿāʾ, 1985
von Bothmer, 1999

Folios from codex DAM 01-28.1


1st / 2nd century of hijra.[1]

Inventory No.

DAM 01-28.1

Size & Folios

The folios have approximate dimensions of 40.0 cm (height) x 29.0 cms (width). The codex consists of 60 folios.[2]

History Of The Manuscript

This manuscript was found in the Great Mosque in Ṣanʿāʾ, Yemen.

Script & Ornamentation[3]


Number of lines in a folio varies. For example, there are 26 lines in the above folio and the reverse of it contains 28 lines. There is a clear definition of the text area and of the distance between the lines which has given a uniform appearance, a feature which is generally uncommon in the ijāzī manuscripts (see, for example, DAM 01-27.1 where there is a lack of uniformity in appearance of the text). Diacritical marks are frequent.

The ends of verses are marked up vertical lines of dots. After every tenth verse, there are red circles surrounded by dotted circles. The illuminated band separating the two surahs generally consists of a sequence with internal direction.


It has Qur'an 2:1–71:14 (fragmented, not sequential text). Below are the published folios of this codex.

Codex Ṣanʿāʾ DAM 01-28.1
Folio Number Qur'anic Surah Size of the Folio (cm.) Image Publication
Last part of 33 – Beginning of 34 (Part of folio) von Bothmer et al., 1999[4]
Last part of 34 – Beginning of 35 (Part of folio) von Bothmer et al., 1999[5]
52:40 – 53:25 41.5 x 30.0 Maṣāḥif Ṣanʿāʾ, 1985
53:25 – 54:1 40.9 x 29.4 von Bothmer, 1999


Dār al-Makhṭūtāt, Ṣanʿāʾ, Yemen.

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[1] Maṣāḥif Ṣanʿāʾ, 1985, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah: Kuwait, p. 56, Plate 17.

[2] S. Noja Noseda, "La Mia Vista A Sanaa E Il Corano Palinseto", Rendiconti: Classe Di Lettere E Scienze Morali E Storiche, 2003 (Published 2004), Volume 137, Fasc. 1, p. 54.

[3] See H-C. G. von Bothmer's write-up and images in M. B. Piotrovsky & J. Vrieze (Eds.), Art Of Islam: Heavenly Art And Earthly Beauty, 1999, De Nieuwe Kerk: Amsterdam & Lund Humphries Publishers, pp. 99.

[4] H-C. G. von Bothmer, K-H. Ohlig & G-R. Puin, "Neue Wege Der Koranforschung", Magazin Forschung (Universität des Saarlandes), 1999, No. 1, p. 44.

[5] ibid., p. 39.

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