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Islam Commentaries on the Qur'an

Qur'an, with marginal glosses and interlinear Persian translation. Muhammad al-Khwansari, scribe. Isfahan (?), Iran, AH 1154 (1741 CE); with later additions. NYPL, Manuscripts and Archives Division.

In Iran, the 19th century was a period of intense interest in the Qur’an. Many earlier manuscripts were refurbished with added illumination, interlinear Persian translations, and marginal notations. In this volume the margins contain information about the religious merits of reciting particular passages from the Qur’an. Advice is offered about the circumstances when such recitations are more appropriate and the benefits of such religious exercises are described. These texts were included on the authority of the Imams, and were often attributed to the sixth Imam, Ja‛far al-Sadiq, who was widely believed to have esoteric powers.

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