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Page from the Koran written in Arabic (black) and translated into Persian (red). The page dates back to 1739 and is a part (aya) of one of the 114 chapters (suras) that make up the Koran or Qur'an. The Koran is the religious text of Islam, forming the basis of the Muslim faith. It is believed to be the word of God given to Muhammad between 610 and 632 by the angel Gabriel (or Jibril). As such, it shapes Islamic society & dictates Islamic law.
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