Modi gifts Iran’s Supreme leader reproduction of rare Quran manuscript

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Tehran, May 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday gifted Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei a specially commissioned reproduction of a rare seventh-century manuscript of the Holy Quran attributed to Hazrat Ali, the fourth caliph.

“Written in Kufic script, this manuscript is a prized possession of the ministry of culture’s Rampur Raza Library,” a statement on Modi’s personal website said.

Modi also gifted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani a specially commissioned reproduction of Mirza Ghalib’s collection of poetry in Persian, “Kulliyat-e-Farsi-e-Ghalib”, as also Sumair Chand’s Persian translation of Ramayana.

“First published in 1863, ‘Kulliyat-e-Farsi-e-Ghalib’ is a collection of over 11,000 verses by Ghalib,” the website posting reads.

“The reproduction is from a rare copy of the book’s 1867 edition to which some missing pages have been added from a copy of the 1872 edition from Maulana Azad’s personal collection preserved in the library of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations in New Delhi.”

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It also stated that translated into Persian in 1715 and copied in 1826, Sumair Chand’s Ramayana was a rare manuscript at the ministry of culture’s Rampur Raza Library, and contained over 260 illustrations – possibly the largest number in any hand-written Ramayana manuscript.



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