Gift from the Mufti of Tatarstan to the Quran Academy in Sharjah

TEHRAN (IQNA) – The Mufti of Tatarstan has donated a rare copy of the Holy Quran to the Holy Quran Academy in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Kamil Samee Allah presented the copy, known as the Kazan Quran, to the academy, the alkhaleej.ae website reported.

Sheikh Sherzad Abdul Rahman Taher, the head of the academy, noted that this is one of the copies printed in Kazan, the capital of Tatartsan, in 1803.

The copy’s calligraphy is in a beautiful Kazan script known as Bismah, he added.

There were two versions of the copy at the time, one printed in two large volumes for adults and the other printed in ten small volumes for children, Taher said.

The first printed copy of the Quran was produced in Venice, Italy in 1537.

Later, copies of the Holy Book of Islam were printed elsewhere in Europe, including in Hamburg, Germany, in 1694, he noted.

These copies had many errors, including misprints.

The people of Tatarstan are proud that its capital, Kazan, was the first Muslim city where a copy of the Koran was printed in 1803.

Kazan is a city in southwestern Russia, located on the banks of the Volga and Kazanka rivers. It is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, a semi-autonomous region of the Russian Federation.

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Rose D. Jones