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Hegira 731 / AD 1330, Mamluk
On paper with black ink and decorated with colours and illumination; the binding leather with stamp-block decoration
Museum of Islamic Art
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This section from a Qur'an proves that the role of women in Islamic society was not confined to household tasks. They were writers, poets and even calligraphers of the Qur'an, most prestigious work. This manuscript, copied by a woman from Jerusalem called Zaynab al-Maqdisiyya, is a rare example of a work such as this having a named female calligrapher.