Oldest handwritten copy of Quran in China restored

I cam across the following some time ago but did not get a get a chance to post it until now that is.

China restores oldest handwritten copy of QuranXINING — Chinese experts have restored a 700-year-old handwritten copy of the Quran, the sacred book of Islam, in northwest China’s Qinghai Province.

The 867-page, two-volume set, the oldest known in China, is written in Arabic and stored in the Jiezi mosque in Xunhua County. The restoration work was done by experts from the Nanjing Museum.

The Quran 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 it was written between the eighth and the 13th century.

“This copy was handwritten by Arabian Muslims, while other ancient copies in China where written by Chinese Muslim,” said Ma Weimin, deputy director of the Qinghai Provincial Cultural Heritage Bureau, adding that the copy is a valuable research tool for the study of the origin and history of the Salar ethnic group.

The books had to be repaired and restored as they had seriously deteriorated and were in danger of rotting, said Ma.

Xi Sancai, director of the cultural relics preservation technique research institute with the Nanjing Museum in east China’s Jiangsu Province, and his colleagues undertook the restoration job.

The restoration began with a scientific analysis of the paper and ink,cleaning and removing mildew, and mended damaged pages by using the most advanced technologies.

The restored Quran will be preserved in a special box where the temperature and humidity are fixed and ultraviolet rays and harmful gas are kept out.

23 responses to “Oldest handwritten copy of Quran in China restored

  1. Masha Allah! Subhan Allah brother Wang! Thank you for sharing this wonderful news with us. Do post an image as soon as you get hold of it insha Allah!


  2. this is not the oldest quran. the oldest one is in tashkent, uzbekistan. it was one of the originals compiled by Caliph Usman. this one is very old as well though but they dont have an exact date on it.

  3. Asalamu alikum
    i jst wanna request my brothrz dat even if dey hav d oldest writtn quran plz dn’t put it on sale,if u r a true muslim u cn’t becom rich by selling a quran.

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  5. 740 AD a Gold gilded Quran was given to Tang Dynasty as a gift from The Prophet’s family to the chinese Emperor. That Quran is now in California and the owner is seeking buyers. Price is offered at $50M. Any serious individuals would need to present a bank note stating funds in escrow. At this point you may personally visit to inspect. Has been Authenticated by Chinese govt. jefftatwood@yahoo.com.
    I am a rep for the American seller.

  6. i am ataullah khan from pakistan (peshawar)
    i am collecting hand written holly quran,s and books
    in the roral area and valleges of pakistan and afghanistan.

    nd then i am selling it with a littel benefit.
    Also i have 5 golden worked holly quran,s
    any one interested ,email me or call me @
    pls speak english

  7. i am ataullah khan from peshawar pakistan
    i am collecting old hand written holly quran,s in the
    roral area and valliges of pakistan and afghanistan
    then i am selling it with a littele benefit.
    Also i have 5 hand written golden worked holly qurans,
    any one interested contect me on:


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