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Ornamentation and Illumination
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From early times written copies of the qurʾānic text were embellished with various kinds of ornament that served to divide the text into manageable units, enhance readability, and enliven the visual qualities of the page and the book. Like the Torah of the Jews but unlike the Bible of the Christians, the Qurʾān was never illustrated with pictures, but rather embellished only wi…

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Blair, Sheila S. and Bloom, Jonathan M., “Ornamentation and Illumination”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 07 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00141>

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