T H E I S LA M I C H E RITA G E O F I N DO N E S IA ‘ S ART James Bennett – TAASA Review December 2010


This article was originally found in the December 2010 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 19, Issue 4, Page 16).

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A recent article in the Jakarta Post (9 September 2010) reported on the oldest dated al-Qur’an in Indonesia.

This manuscript, written on bark-paper and simply decorated with flower, leaf and geometrical motifs, includes a signed colophon dated 1035 hijriah or 1626 according to the Gregorian calendar.

As with many family heirloom objects still in private possession in Indonesia, the present owner, Mr Mohammas Zen Usman, continues to carefully preserve the manuscript, which was declared a national heritage object by the Indonesian government in 2005...