Page from a Qur’an in muhaqqaq and thuluth script

Although adopted throughout the Islamic world, muhaqqaq emerged as the preferred cursive script for copying the Qur’an in both Egypt and Iran from the late 13th century to the 15th century. The most majestic among the six scripts, this style is characterized by sharp edges and elegant elongated letters that adapt well to large surfaces.

In this page (Qur’an, 39:1-4), the copyist used muhaqqaq for the main text and thuluth, a similar round style with a more fluid line, for the section headings, here penned in gold.


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