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This fragment includes verses from the 17th chapter of the Koran entitled Bani Isra'il (the Children of Israel) or al-Isra' (the Night Journey).

Calligrapher unknown. 9th century. 7.5 x 4 cm. Kufic script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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