Rare Quran Manuscript Returned to Egypt


Egypt’s National Library and Archives said a rare manuscript copy of the Holy Quran has been returned to the country.

According to cario24 website, the copy that dates back to the Mamluks era during the 14th and early 15th centuries had been planned to be put on sale in the Sotheby’s International Auction House in London.

But its auction in October was cancelled after Egypt’s protest and the manuscript was later returned to the Arab country.

The handwritten Quran is known as Qansuh al-Ghawri since it dates back to the time when Al-Ashraf Qansuh al-Ghawri, the last Mamluk sultan, was in power.

It contains the fourth Juz (part) of the Quran (verse 92 of Surah Al Imran to verse 23 of Surah Nisa).

The Mamluk Sultanate was a medieval realm spanning Egypt, the Levant, and Hejaz. It lasted from the overthrow of the Ayyubid dynasty until the Ottoman conquest of Egypt in 1517.


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