Codex Ṣanʿāʾ DAM 01-18.3 – A Qur'ānic Manuscript From 1st / 2nd Century Of Hijra

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(a) UNESCO Image No. 044021B

(b) Maṣaḥif Ṣanʿāʾ, 1985

Folios from codex DAM 01-18.3


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

Inventory No.

DAM 01-18.3

Size & Folios

The folios have approximate dimensions of 9.0 cm (height) x 19.0 cms (width). There are 16 folios in this codex.[2]

History Of The Manuscript

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

Script & Ornamentation

Late ḥijāzī.

About 12 lines per page. Few diacritical marks but no vocalization. The vertical format is a common feature of most Qur'ans written in the ḥijāzī style. The example shown here is an exception, where the horizontal format contradicts somewhat vertical features of the script.


It contains Qur'an 7:163 to 32:9 (fragmented, not sequential text). Below are the published folios of this codex.[3]

Codex Ṣanʿāʾ DAM 01-18.3
Folio Number Qur'anic Surah Size of the Folio (cm.) Image Publication
8:2 – 8:11 9.0 x 19.0 UNESCO Image No. 044021B
8:41 – 8:46 9.2 x 19.6 Maṣāḥif Ṣanʿāʾ, 1985


Dār al-Makhṭūtāt, Ṣanʿāʾ, Yemen.

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[1] Maṣāḥif Ṣanʿāʾ, 1985, Dār al-Athar al-Islamiyyah: Kuwait, p. 54, plate 23.

[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. 53.

[3] Compiled from Memory Of The World: Ṣanʿāʾ Manuscripts, CD-ROM Presentation by UNESCO. Also see K. Small & E. Puin, "UNESCO CD of Ṣanʿāʾ Mss. Part 3: Qur'ān Palimpsests, And Unique Qur'ān Illustrations", Manuscripta Orientalia, 2007, Volume 13, Number 2, p. 64.

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