Miniature Prayer Book



Accession Number
AR50/3540
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Maths and writing case, Writing
Object Type
Written document, Book
Period
Islamic Period
Materials
Metals/alloys (Copper alloy) | Plant products (Paper)
Provenance
Egypt, Armant
Measurements
(Closed) Height: 27mm | Width: 26mm | Depth: 9mm
Number of Elements
1
Culture
Egyptian

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Description

This miniature book case is made from copper alloy, which has been embossed with geometric patterns on the exterior. Inside there are thirteen double-sided pages containing printed surahs (chapters) of the Holy Quran. The Quran is the central religious text of Islam, believed by Muslims to be a revelation from God. Despite there being thirteen pages, the content is largely repeated, with only three different surahs included: surah 18 al-kahf (“The Cave”), 22 al-ḥajj (“The Pilgrimage”), and 23 al-mu’minūn (“The Believers”). Miniature books like this were often used as charms. This one was likely produced in the nineteenth century following the emergence of photolithography. Later examples were distributed to Muslim soldiers fighting for Britain during the First World War. It was excavated at Armant by the Egypt Exploration Society.

Audio

Language
Arabic
Script
Arabic
Last modified: 11 Jan 2023

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