OLDEST QURAN IN WORLD
|700-YEAR-OLD KORAN DUE REPAIR ||
XINING, China – Chinese experts will begin repairing a 700-year-old
handwritten copy of the Koran, the sacred book of Islam. The 867-page
two-volume set, the oldest of its kind known in China, was brought to
China when the Salar ethnic |
group moved east from Maracanda, the ancient name of Samarkand in Uzbekistan, about 700 years ago. Experts believe the text was completed before the 13th century. "The books have been seriously eroded and are in danger of rotting," Ma Weimin, deputy director of the Qinghai Provincial Cultural Heritage Bureau, told China View.
An 800-year-old Koran, written in gold and silver letters, sold for a record £1.1million at a London auction.