Codex Ṣanʿāʾ DAM 01-32.1 – A Qur'ānic Manuscript From 2nd Century Of Hijra

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(a) UNESCO Image No.059041B
(b) UNESCO Image No.060042B
(c) UNESCO Image No.153260B
(d) UNESCO Image No.153261B

Folios from codex DAM 01-32.1


2nd century of hijra.[1]

Inventory No.

DAM 01-32.1

Size & Folios

The folios have approximate dimensions of 43.0 cm (height) x 34.0 cms (width). The total number of folios in this codex are not known but 7 of them have been published so far. Noseda mentions this manuscript at Ṣanʿāʾ but gives no indication of the number of folios.[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. It has few diacritical marks but the vocalization is probably contemporary. The style bears many features common to both ḥijāzī and early Kufic. Perhaps this is the unique Ṣanʿānī style which is mentioned briefly by Abū Muḥammad al-Ḥasan al-Ḥamdānī in his Sifāt Jazirat al-ʿArab (Geography of the Arabian Peninsula).


Below are the published folios of this codex.[3]

Codex Ṣanʿāʾ DAM 01-32.1
Folio Number Qur'anic Surah Size of the Folio (cm.) Image Publication
2:31 – 2:38 (42.0 x 34.0) UNESCO Image No. 153261B
5:48 – 5:54 (42.0 x 32.0) UNESCO Image No. 153259B
5:72 – 5:80 43.8 x 35.4 UNESCO Image No. 153260B; Maṣāḥif Ṣanʿāʾ, 1985
7:3 – 7:9 (24.0 x 35.0) UNESCO Image No. 153258B
7:50 – 7:57 43.0 x 35.0 UNESCO Image No. 058040B
7:57 – 7:67 43.0 x 36.0 UNESCO Image No. 059041B
26:226 – 37:20 44.0 x 35.0 UNESCO Image No. 060042B


Dār al-Makhṭūtāt, Ṣanʿāʾ, Yemen.

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[1] Maṣāḥif Ṣanʿāʾ, 1985, Dār al-Athar al-Islamiyyah: Kuwait, p. 52, plate 25.

[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, pp. 64, 69.

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