A Perg. 213 – A Qur'ānic Manuscript From 1st Century Hijra

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Flesh side


1st century hijra. Loebenstein dated this manuscript to the beginning of 2nd century hijra.[1] However, Noseda, in his listing of ḥijāzī manuscripts, places this manuscript in the 1st century of hijra.[2]

Manuscript Number

A Perg. 213.


Two folios.

1. Sūrah al-Dhāriyāt (Qur'an 51) verse 3 to 37 [Hair side]. Sūrah al-Dhāriyāt verse 38 to Sūrah al-Ṭūr (Qur'an 52) verse 6-7 [Flesh side].

2. Sūrah al-Ṭūr verse 7 to verse 43 [Flesh side]. This is depicted in above figure. Sūrah al-Ṭūr verse 44 to Sūrah al-Najm (Qur'an 53) verse 32 [Hair side].



Yellowish, fine parchment; black ink. The lateral outer edges, sections of the upper and lower edges and two larger and some smaller interior of the pages are missing. The original size of the pages is not restorable, because the outside free edges are missing.


Austrian National Library, Vienna.


We are grateful to the Austrian National Library, Vienna, for providing us the manuscript.

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[1] H. Loebenstein, Koranfragmente Auf Pergament Aus Der Papyrussammlung Der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek, Textband, 1982, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek: Wein, pp. 27-30. This contains the description of the manuscript; idem., Koranfragmente Auf Pergament Aus Der Papyrussammlung Der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek, Tafelband, 1982, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek: Wein, Tafel 3-6. This contains the pictures of the manuscript.

[2] S. Noja Noseda, "Note Esterne In Margin Al 1° Volume Dei ‘Materiali Per Un'edizione Critica Del Corano’", Rendiconti: Classe Di Lettere E Scienze Morali E Storiche, 2000, Vol. 134, Fasc. 1, p. 23.

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