A rare manuscript copy of the Holy Quran was donated by a couple from Tehran to the museum of Astan Quds Razavi in the holy city of Mashhad.
According to Seyed Mohammad Reza Fazel Hashemi, the head of the Astan’s Libraries and Museums Organization, the copy dates back to some 200 years ago when Fath-Ali Shah (1772-1834), the second king of the Qajar dynasty, ruled Iran.
He said it was calligraphed in Naskh script by a prominent calligrapher of the time named Ahmad ibn Rajabali Najafabadi, the IRIB News reported.
With some 20,000 Quran manuscripts and Quranic works, as well as 95000 rare Islamic books, the museum of Astan Quds Razavi is the greatest treasury of rare written works in the Muslim world.
Astan Quds Razavi and its subsidiary cultural institutes comprise 38 libraries with an overall collection of 2.5 million books, including manuscripts and lithograph-printed books.