Experts from Qatar National Library and Qatar University delivered an insightful lecture on the history of the written Qur’an from the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) up to the print and digital eras, at the Library on 4 May.
Dr. Ahmed Khalid Shokri, Professor of Qur’anic Studies at Qatar University, and Mahmoud Zaki, Information Services Librarian at the Library, highlighted several of the Heritage Library’s significant Qur’anic manuscripts from the early centuries of Hijra through the 20th century.
Participants learned about the earliest known Mus’haf (Qur’anic copy) written in Qatar, and the variety of Qur’anic writing systems and techniques, including Rasm (orthography), vocalization, scripts, marks and colours.
Abdul Rahman Al Maliki, a student at the College of Sharia and Islamic Studies at Qatar University, who attended the event, said: "The lecture is organized in a beautiful and relevant time as it is taking place right before the Holy Month of Ramadan, which is the month of Qur’an. Students pursuing Islamic studies are always curious to learn new research related to Qur’an and Islam."
"The lecture provided informative background information about an important subject, and shared useful content to guide any researcher or student who wants to study this subject. I learned a lot today as the lecture drew information from many sources, and the accompanying theoretical and visual explanations were really useful," said Abdul Rahman.