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.[1]

Accession Number

Arabe 6140a

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.[2]

Total number of folios are 6 = 4 (Arabe 6140a, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris) + 2 (Camb. Ms. Add. 1125, University Library, University of Cambridge).[3] These folios contain about ~4.2% of the text of the Qur'an.

History Of The Manuscript

Not known.

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).

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[1] 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.

[2] 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.

[3] 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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