Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān

Get access

(1,689 words)

Flat writing support, made of papyrus (bardī), parchment ( raqq, riqq), leather ( adīm, jild) or, since the late second/eighth century, paper ( kāghadh), and used for recording mostly religious, legal and historical texts during the pre- and early Islamic periods (see age of ignorance; pre-islamic arabia and the qurʾān). The term “sheets” (ṣuḥuf, sing. ṣaḥīfa) extends to the (whole or partial) texts thus recorded, synonymous with kitāb (pl. kutub; see book ), daftar (pl. dafātir) and kurrāsa (pl. karārīs). Etymologically derived from South Semitic ṣaḥafa, “to write,” ṣaḥīfa litera…

Cite this page
Gruendler, Beatrice, “Sheets”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 09 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00383>

▲   Back to top   ▲