This Qur'an (2015.133.2) is a thick hard-backed book with a black cloth cover imprinted with gold inked letters and designs. The front cover features a calligraphic circular design at its center. Below the circle of Arabic calligraphic art are three lines of text which read: [THE HOLY QUR'AN / TEXT, TRANSLATION AND COMMENTARY / A. YUSUF ALI]. Enclosing the design and lines of text is a rectangular patterned border which is approximately 1.5 inches from the edge of the cover. | This Qur'an stand (2015.133.3) is a brown wooden piece. The stand folds open at a central hinging point where the two panels interlock with four pairs of joints. The top section, which opens to hold the Qur'an, is curved at the edges while the bottom section has two pairs of rectangular legs cut out to stand on a flat surface. The entire piece is carved with a series of floral motifs created primarily with cut outs.
Medium: ink on paper; stain on wood
Dimensions: H x W x D (Qur'an): 9 1/4 × 6 1/4 × 3 in. (23.5 × 15.9 × 7.6 cm) ; H x W x D (open qur'an stand ): 6 3/8 × 10 5/8 × 5 13/16 in. (16.2 × 27 × 14.8 cm) ; H x W (closed qur'an stand): 11 5/8 × 5 13/16 in. (29.5 × 14.8 cm)
Object number: 2015.133.2-.3
Credit Line: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Laila Muhammad, Daughter of Imam W. Deen Mohammed
Owned by: Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, American, 1933 - 2008
Published by: Muslim Students' Association, American, founded 1963
Data Source: National Museum of African American History and Culture