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Qur'an Board
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Qur'an Board

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Description From an early age, Muslims are encouraged to memorize the Qur'an. By adulthood, many can recite long passages, if not the entire text. In Qur'anic schools across northern Africa, students commit verses of the Qur'an to memory by writing them on Qur'an boards, or "lawh." Faint traces of words are still visible on this example. Once a verse was memorized, the board was washed off with water, and the student could start afresh. The water was treated with great reverence, for it was believed to contain the words of God and at times was used to ward off illnesses.

Faint writing is visible on both sides of the board. The board is stable and no treatment was needed.

Date Description Narrative
3/27/2017ExaminationExamined for exhibition
  • Poetry and Prayer: Islamic Manuscripts from the Walters Art Museum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2010.
Provenance Sam Fogg, London [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2007, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 2007

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19th century
wood, ink, and hide
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H: 20 1/2 × W: 10 7/8 × D: 3/8 in. (52 × 27.6 × 1 cm)
  • Sudan (Place of Origin)


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