The present article is devoted to the copies of the Qur’an preserved in the collection of Oriental manuscripts of the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Dagestan Scientific Centre of the Academy of Sciences of Russia.  The first part is a brief historical survey of the collection, which comprises three thousand and five hundred manuscripts, including forty eight copies of the Qur’an, and reflecting the evolution of Arabic-language culture in Dagestan from the eleventh to the twentieth century.  The second part deals specifically with eight copies of the Qur’an selected for casting light on the specificities of each particular period of the history of Arabic writing in Dagestan, with particular interest in the Kufic style.  The text is followed by a short catalogue with a description of these eight copies of the Qur’an.  Though this study has no other aim than giving a brief survey of the collection, one can deplore that the analysis of written forms has not been further developed.

Marie Efthymiou, EPHE, Paris
CER: I-1.1.B-15