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Huge Qur'an given online home by John Rylands Library

The Sultan Qansuh al-Ghuri Qur'an

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One of the world's largest copies of the Qur'an is digitised by the John Rylands Library in Manchester.

The Qansuh al-Ghuri Qur'an, which is named after the last of the Egyptian Mamluk Sultans who commissioned it in the early 16th Century, is too big and too delicate to display at the Library.

As a result, the library have taken up the challenge of digitising it - a process which is being done in short sessions in order to preserve the book.

Page by page, they're slowly creating an online version of the text, which was originally bought by John Rylands' wife Enriqueta in 1901, so that scholars around the world can study it in all its intricate detail.

The process is also allowing staff to put back pages that were removed from the book in the past, as the real copy is too delicate to endure their replacement.

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