SHAFAQNA – Yemen’s culture minister said some 1250 copies of rare Quran manuscripts have been discovered in the country’s capital city.
Arwa Othman said the manuscripts, which date back to the 14th and 15th centuries C.E., were found in Salahaddin Mosque in Sana’a, akhbar al-Saudia news website reported.
She noted that Yemen has a rich collection of old manuscripts copies of books, including Quran manuscripts, and that it is necessary to preserve these copies.
According to Muqbil al-Tam al-Ahmadi, an official in the culture ministry, some of the discovered Quran manuscripts are gilded and some written on parchment.
Yemen’s Archives Center in Sana’a already holds hundreds of manuscript copies of the Holy Quran.
Some of the copies date back to the early years of the advent of Islam.
Many of the manuscripts are rare copies written on parchment, vellum or calfskin.
It is said that the oldest surviving manuscript of the Holy Quran is in Yemen.