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Book/Printed Material Qurʼan of Père Lachaise. Qur'an of Père Lachaise

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  • Qurʼan of Père Lachaise.

Other Title

  • Qur'an of Père Lachaise


  • This 14th-century Mameluke Qurʼan, which belonged to Père Lachaise, confessor of Louis XIV, was obtained by the Jesuit order of Paris in 1693. The manuscript was confiscated when the order was dissolved in France in 1763. Gerhoh Steigenberger (1741--87), canon regular of the Upper Bavarian monastery of Polling, subsequently bought it, along with large parts of the dissolved Jesuit library. Steigenberger had been sent to Paris to acquire books and manuscripts for the monastic library. After the dissolution of the monastery in 1803, the manuscript was transferred to the Munich Court Library, predecessor of the present-day Bavarian State Library. It is written in monumental golden Muhaqqaq script, which was predominantly used for Qurʼan manuscripts in the Mameluke period. The marginal ornaments show lotus flower motifs, which were introduced to Islamic art after the Mongol incursions of the 13th century. The Mamelukes were a military caste, originally composed of slaves from Turkey, who ruled Egypt from about 1250 until 1517.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [1300 to 1399]


  • -  500 to 632
  • -  Arabic calligraphy
  • -  Arabic manuscripts
  • -  Illuminations
  • -  Islamic manuscripts
  • -  Koran


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  "BSB Shelfmark: 6"--Note extracted from World Digital Library.
  • -  Original resource extent: 280 sheets, paper : illustrations ; 29 x 21 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: Bavarian State Library.
  • -  Content in Arabic.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.


  • 1 online resource.

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021667765

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  • pdf
  • image

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Qurʼan of Père Lachaise. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1399, 1300] Pdf.

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(1300) Qurʼan of Père Lachaise. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1399] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Qurʼan of Père Lachaise. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1399, 1300] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.