PART OF THE NEW TESTAMENT IN ARABIC

Scribe: Thuma ibn al-Safi ibn Yuhanna Damascus, 1342 , 11 1/8 x 7 3/8 in. (28.25 x 18.73 cm)
MS. Arab. d. 19, fols. 196b–197a

Islamic decorative patterns were also used by Christians who lived under Muslim rule. This Arabic translation of the New Testament was copied by a Christian scribe in Damascus for a Christian patron. It is written in beautiful Thuluth script, a large and elegant cursive popular during the Mamluk period (1250–1517). The right-hand page shows the end of the Letter of Jude, followed by a colophon which states that the manuscript was commissioned by the merchant Sir George Aumada and was copied by Thuma ibn al-Safi ibn Yuhanna in 1342. On the left is the title-page for Acts of the Apostles.



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