Quran from the Ottoman Era Seized at Cairo Airport

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The Customs Authority at Cairo International Airport has foiled a smuggling attempt of an Ottoman Quran collection in three parcels arriving from Ethiopia.

Ahmed El Rawi, Head of the Antiquities Units in Egyptian Ports, explains that the parcels were seized in the Cargo Village at Cairo International Airport and when the archaeological committee from the Antiquities Unit at the airport inspected the batch, they approved their authenticity.

Hamdi Hamam, Director General of the Antiquities Unit at Cairo International Airport, explains that the parcels are written in large Copy Line (Naskh handwriting) on old paper and covered with a leather pouch.

He pointed out that some of the seized Quran sections were not organized according to the normal index but are almost a grouping of the Quran’s verses.

He asserted that the Quran is in very bad conservation condition and is in dire need of restoration.

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