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Quran / Bakhchysarai / Crimea Imprint: كلام قديم [Kalamun Qadim also Kalam Qadim]



A charming miniature Quran with a handsome contemporary lacquer binding, printed in Bakhchysarai, a city in central Crimea which was for decades the cultural center of the Crimean Tatars


16°, 522 pp., [2 pp.] blank, printed on thin paper, contemporary lacquer binding with dark brown goat skin spine (Very Good, minor wear to the binding, missing front lose endpaper, old annotations on first blank page, a tiny loss of white margin on one of the pages).

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A small-format Quran, bound in a charming contemporary lacquer binding, was issued in a central Crimean city Bakhchysarai under the patronage of Ismail Gaspirali (اسميل غصپرينسكى also Gaspirinsky) (1851-1914).

Gaspirali was one of the pioneers of the modern education among the Muslims in the Russian Empire. He encouragedthe solidarity among the Turkic peoples and encouraged modernization through Europeanization. In 1883, he founded the first Tatar newspaper in Bakhchysarai, named Tercüman. Our Quran was published by the same publishing house.

Worldcat lists five institutional examples. Fondation du Roi Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud pour les Etudes Islamiques et les Sciences Humaines – Casablanca, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK), National Library of Israel, Jewish National Library, Middlebury College Library, University of Utah.

References: OCLC 236011386.

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