Codex Arabe 326a – A Qur'ānic Manuscript From 1st Century Hijra At The Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

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Folios from the manuscript (a) Arabe 326a, folio 4r, (b) Arabe 326a, folio 5v, (c) Rennes, Lot 152, and (d) Marcel 9, folio 29b.


1st century of hijra.

Size & Folios

Parchment manuscript with a size of 17.8 cm x 27.0 cm. Writing area: 14.2 cm x 25.0 cm. There are 12-13 lines per page.[1]

Total number of folios are 75 = 6 (Arabe 326a, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris)[2] + 36 (Rennes Encheres 2011, Lot 152)[3] + 32 (Marcel 9, National Library of Russia, St. Petersburg)[4] + 1 (KFQ34, Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, London).[5]

History Of The Manuscript

Not known.

Script & Ornamentation


The text is written in black ink. Diacritics are represented by oblique lines. Vocalization is absent. The verses are separated by short oblique lines, usually 3 or 6. The sūrahs are separated from each other by a gap.


The contents of the codex, as tabulated below, are gathered from the published information. The folios of Rennes Encheres 2011, Lot 152 contains text from 40:66 to 52:38, and from 58:3 to 62:3. No information is available about content of folios of Marcel 9 manuscript.

Codex Arabe 326a
Folios Qur'anic Sūrah Image Publication Comments
1r 12:96 - 12:104
1v 12:104 - 12:111
2r 14:16 - 14:22
2v 14:22 - 14:30
3r 14:30 - 14:38
3v 14:38 - 14:67
4r 14:67 - 14:52; 15:1 - 15:10
4v 15:10 - 15:25
5r 15:25 - 15:45
5v 15:45 - 15:65
6r 15:65 - 15:82
57:13 - 57:19 KFQ34, folio 1r
57:19 - 57:23 Déroche, 1992 KFQ34, folio 1v


Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris (France), National Library of Russia, St. Petersburg, Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, London and private collection.

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[1] F. Déroche, Catalogue Des Manuscrits Arabes: Deuxième Partie: Manuscrits Musulmans - Tome I, 1: Les Manuscrits Du Coran: Aux Origines De La Calligraphie Coranique, 1983, Bibliothèque Nationale: Paris, p. 59.

[2] ibid.

[3] Rennes Encheres, Lundi 19 Septembe 2011 - 14H, Rennes Encheres: Rennes (France), pp. 16-17 (Lot 152).

[4] F. Déroche, Qurʾans Of The Umayyads: A First Overview, 2014, Koninklijke Brill nv: Leiden (The Netherlands), p. 60, footnote 80.

[5] F. Déroche, The Abbasid Tradition: Qur'ans Of The 8th To The 10th Centuries AD, 1992, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, Volume I, Oxford University Press, pp. 31-32.

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