By Caron Creighton The Associated Press
JERUSALEM — A tiny 10th century Qur‚Äôan is on display for the first time as part of a collection of Islamic texts being shown at Israel’s National Library to mark the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Curator Raquel Ukeles said this week that the exhibition is aimed at drawing attention to Islam and minority cultures in the Jewish state.
Ukeles says the Qur‚Äôan is “fragile, but well-preserved” and is special because it was written without punctuation. She says it likely served as “a religious talisman.”
The Qur‚Äôan is only 68 by 37 millimeters (2.5 inches by 1.5 inches) in size.
Islam is the dominant faith of Israel’s Arab minority, which makes up around a fifth of its population, and of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.