Name of Object:
Page from a Qur’an
Raqqada, Kairouan, Tunisia
Museum of Islamic Art
Date of Object:
Hegira 410 / AD 1020
Artist(s) / Craftsperson(s):
'Ali ibn Ahmad al-Warraq.
Museum Inventory Number:
Material(s) / Technique(s):
Length 45.5 cm, width 31 cm; 5 lines, 1 folio
Period / Dynasty:
The Fatiha sura ('the Opening', verses 1 and 2), taken from a Qur'an copied on parchment.
View Short Description
This page is from a Qur'an copied on vellum. Bands of geometric decoration with the name of the sura and the number of verses it contains, in gold, are particularly distinctive. The colophon of the Qur'an mentions the deed of gift by the governess of Prince Badis to the Great Mosque of Kairouan.
Fatima al-Hadinah, governess to the Zirid prince, Badis
How date and origin were established:
The deed of gift clearly mentions that the legacy took place in 410 / 1020.
How Object was obtained:
After the abolition of the habus foundation in Tunisia, this Qur'an was obtained by the Bardo Museum. In 1986 it was transferred to the Museum of Islamic Art at Raqqada where it is currently on display.
How provenance was established:
This Qur'an was copied, illuminated and bound by Ali ibn Ahmad al-Warraq for Fatima al-Hadinah, the governess of the Zirid prince, Badis. The work was supervised and financed by Durah al-Katibah – 'Durah the lady-scribe', the governess's secretary. The colophon of the Qur'an mentions the deed of gift by Badis's governess to the Great Mosque of Kairouan. The deed is authorised by the qadi (judge) of Kairouan, Abdullah ibn Hashim.
Lings, M., and Safadi, Y.-H., The Arts of Islam (exhibition catalogue), London, 1976, p.30, plate no. 25.
Citation of this web page:
Mourad Rammah "Page from a Qur’an" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://islamicart.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;tn;Mus01;4;en