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This calligraphic fragment includes verses 12-38 of the 39th chapter of the Koran entitled surah al-Zumar (the Crowds). This Meccan surah is the last of a series of six chapters, which describe the mysteries of the spiritual world and the Hereafter. It describes creation, as well as God's unity, justice, and mercy.

Calligrapher: unknown. 11th-12th centuries. 15 x 24 cm. Kufic script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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