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Calligraphy
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The Arabic script( khaṭṭ), its development, and its formal use in manuscripts of the Qurʾān. Though initially presented as an oral recitation (see book ), the Qurʾān has played an essential role in the development of the Arabic script (q.v.). According to traditional accounts, certain fragments were committed to writing by some of the Companions of the Prophet (q.v.) on crude materials such as flat stones, veins of palm leaves, animal skins or ceramic shards (see textual history of the qurʾān ). The script was then still imperfect and its signs were little more than a mnemo…

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Ory, Solange, “Calligraphy”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 18 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00069>



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