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This Koranic fragment includes verses 35-36 of the 40th chapter of the Koran entitled al-Ghafir (the Forgiver), also known as al-Mu'min (the Believer).

Calligrapher: unknown. 11th-12th centuries. 7.8 x 15.5 cm. Eastern Kufic script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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