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



A charming small Quran was printed on pink paper in Bakhchysarai, a city in central Crimea which was for decades the cultural center of the Crimean Tatars 


16°, 522 pp., [6 pp.] blank, printed on thin pink paper, original full calf with flap, gilt and silver decoration, gilt edges. Housed in an original calf slipcase with gilt and silver decoration.

Tiny tears in margins of first leaves and three tiny dents with minor scuffing in the bottom edge, binding with hardly noticeable wear in the corners, slipcase with small cracks and torn alongside one side. Overall in a good condition.


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A small format Quran, printed on thin pink paper and bound in a charming 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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