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Palaeography

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Author(s): Petra M. Sijpesteijn
Palaeography is the science of deciphering and determining the date of ancient documents or systems of writing. Arabic palaeography is the study of the development of the Arabic script through time and place. 1. Introduction The very first verses that were revealed to the Prophet Muḥammad, according to the tradition, symbolize the importance attached to writing in the society in which Islam arose: “Recite! Your Lord is the Most Bountiful One, who by this pen taught man what he did not know” (Q. 96/1–5). While only a minority in t…
Date: 2019-05-10