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This single sheet of a Fal-i Koran (divination by the Koran) lays out in rhyming Persian couplets the means of divination by letters selected at random when opening to a page of the Koran. This now single-page folio originally was included at the very end of a Safavid Persian Koran.

Calligrapher: unknown. Iran. 1550-1600 A.D. 19.8 x 30.9 cm. Nasta'liq script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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