Arabe 6140a – A Qur'ānic Manuscript From 1st Century Hijra At The Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
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Folios from the manuscript Arabe 6140a (a) 1r, (b) 2r and (c) 3r. Folio 1r from Camb. Ms. Add. 1125 belonging to the same codex [Arabe 6140a, © Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Camb. Ms. Add. 1125, © University Library, Cambridge].
1st century of hijra.
Size & Folios
Parchment manuscript with a size of 37 cm x 28 cm. Writing area: 32.7 cm x 26.5 cm. There are 22-25 lines per page.
Total number of folios are 6 = 4 (Arabe 6140a, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris) + 2 (Camb. Ms. Add. 1125, University Library, University of Cambridge). These folios contain about ~4.2% of the text of the Qur'an.
History Of The Manuscript
Script & Ornamentation
The format is vertical, and the script which is thin and slender, also has a distinct vertical emphasis, despite the slant to the right. The text is written in brown-black ink, with occasional diacritical strokes. Five to six dashes arranged vertically punctuate the verses. Every tenth verse is marked by a red hollow circle surrounded by dots. Red dots were presumably added later to facilitate vocalization.
The contents of the manuscript, as tabulated below, are gathered from the published data.
|Folios||Qur'anic Sūrah||Image Publication||Comments|
|Arabe 6140a 1r||7:129 - 7:144||–||–|
|Arabe 6140a 1v||7:144 - 7:155||–||–|
|Arabe 6140a 4r||7:155 - 7:164||–||–|
|Arabe 6140a 4v||7:164 - 7:179||–||–|
|Camb. Ms. Add. 1125 1r||8:10 - 8:28||–||–|
|Camb. Ms. Add. 1125 1v||8:28 - 8:42||–||–|
|Camb. Ms. Add. 1125 2r||8:42 - 8:57||–||–|
|Camb. Ms. Add. 1125 2v||8:57 - 8:72||–||–|
|Arabe 6140a 2r||9:44 - 9:59||–||–|
|Arabe 6140a 2v||9:59 - 9:69||–||–|
|Arabe 6140a 3r||9:23 - 9:34||–||–|
|Arabe 6140a 3v||9:34 - 9:43||–||–|
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris (France).
 S. N. 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, pp. 3-38.
 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. 61.
 E. G. Browne, A Hand-List Of The Muhammadan Manuscripts, Including All Those Written In The Arabic Character, Preserved In The Library Of The University Of Cambridge, 1900, At The University Press: Cambridge, p. 146 (No. 806); C. Ansorge et al., Faith & Fable: Islamic Manuscripts From Cambridge University Library, 2011, Cambridge University Library, UK, p. 11.
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