Macro Work

26 01 2011

Now that the main photography of the Koran is complete, Christian is now looking much closer at some of the finer details on the pages of the manuscript. Using a 120mm macro lens, we can focus extremely closely, allowing us to get much greater detail. The image above is a great example of what we are able to achieve. Pigments are much more clear, and we can even see the cracks and fibers. Using techniques like this, scholars will be able to study the manuscript in even more detail. It will also hopefully enable us to get a much more specific date for the manuscript.

By using other special equipment, we are able to get detail that wouldn’t necessarily be apparent with the naked eye. By using a fiber optic light sheet, we can bring out the details in the structure of the paper. Combining the extremely high resolution of the camera, with the great macro optics of the lens, we are able to produce images of fantastic detail. Christian will be using the equipment through out the Koran, focusing on specific illumination, paper structures and the binding.


العمل الدقيق

بالاضافة الى الانتهاء من تصوير القراَن، تقوم الخبيره كريستيان بدراسة التفاصيل الدقيقة للنص من خلال استخدام عدسة 120 مم. الشيء الذي سيمكنها من دراسة كافة تفاصيل الحبرو الورق المستخدم و طريقة التجليد عن كثب.  و من المتوقع ان تساعد هذه الدراسة التفصيلية، التي لا نستطيع رؤيتها بالعين المجردة ، للتعرف على تاريخ المخطوط و تحديد مكونات الورق المستخدم. و باستخدام العدسة الدقيقة سيتمكن الخبراء من عرض صور مميزة لصفحات القراَن


Photography complete (almost)

24 01 2011

This morning the initial photography of the pages was completed. 940 images now have to be cropped, checked and processed before we can upload them into Turning the Pages. We still have to photograph the front and rear boards, however this will be done in the studio, as the manuscript will need to be totally flat.

Christian will also use this week to go back through and take more detailed images of certain areas using a macro lens. One of the areas we will be photographing more closely is the small stamp on the first page. Doing this will hopefully assist scholars in dating the Koran. A closer look at the binding will also help.

On a lighter note, an image of us working has recently been used in the BBC magazine’s caption competition. You can see the winners and the other entries here.

الانتهاء من عملية التصوير(تقريباً

تم هذا الصباح الانتهاء من عملية التصوير و ذلك بتصوير و تحجيم 940 صفحة و من ثم تحميلها لبرنامج قلب الصفحات الالكتروني. اما تصوير الغلاف من الامام و الخلف سيتم بالاستديو و ذلك لضرورة ابقاء القراَن بشكل افقي

Rylands Centre for Heritage Imaging & Collection Care

21 01 2011

The Koran of Kansuh al-Ghuri is being digitised by the Rylands Centre for Heritage Imaging & Collection Care (CHICC).  We also undertake external commissions so if you would like to take advantage of this service, please contact the CHICC team.  Details can be found on the project website or the project blog.

مركز رايلندز لتصوير التراث و الحفاظ عليه

تجري عملية ترقيم (التحميل الاكتروني) قراَن قانصوه الغوري في مركز رايلندز لتصوير التراث و الحفاظ عليه

BBC News Report

20 01 2011

A local crew from the BBC interviewed and filmed us at work yesterday. The article is now online here.



تقرير تلفزيون بي بي سي

قام فريق محلي من تلفزيون بي بي سي بمقابلة القائمين على المشروع. يمكنك مشاهدة التقرير على الموقع التالي

Looking Closer

20 01 2011

The paper which makes up the Koran’s book block is glossy. The paper has previously been described as “bombycine” – a term used to describe paper made from a mixture of cotton and silk fibres.

Medieval paper was predominately made from cotton fibres; waste cotton was soaked and pulped before being made into sheets using a wire frame.

Conservator Elaine using a light sheet to look closer at the paper structure

A light sheet highlights the ‘laid lines’ in the paper – these indicate that the paper was made using a frame.

After drying the sheets were sized (treated with a vegetable starch or gum) to make them non-absorbent, this process allows the ink to sit on the surface of the paper.

After sizing the paper was vigorously rubbed with a hard and smooth object to produce a polished surface. This process is known as burnishing, and a paper is said to be highly burnished if the surface is very smooth and highly polished. The burnishing implement varied; a pestle-like tool with a rounded head was sometimes used, as were polished stones.

laid lines show up using a light sheet



نظرة قريبة

تتميز صفحات القراَن بدرجة لمعانها حيث تم استخدام ورق مكون من الكتان و الحرير. و بتسليط الضوء على الصفحات يتبين بأن الورق المستخدم تم صنعه باستخدام قالب خاص. و قد تم تجفيف الورق و من ثم معالجته بمادة النشا النباتي أو البطم و ذلك لتغطيته أو بمادة عازلة تمنعه من امتصاص الحبر. و يتم صقل الورق بعد ذلك

Press coverage begins…

19 01 2011

Press coverage has already begun, The Daily Mail being the first to pick up on the story. Our own press release went out this morning, so expect to see us in the papers tomorrow!


التغطية الاعلامية

بدأت و سائل الاعلام بتغطية المشروع بداً بصحيفة ذى ديلي ميل

Translated note

19 01 2011

Academic adviser to the project (and JRUL Middle Eastern Studies Librarian) Paul Tate visited us today, and was able to translate the small note from the margin below.

Writing in the margin

The note relates to Surat al-Qamar (moon) and is the 54th Sura of the Koran, verse 7. It reads, “They will emerge from the graves like locusts spreading’. Written upside down on the page, it is in a different hand to the main text. It appears someone must have been making notes as they read. There are also many other interesting additions throughout the manuscript, such as corrections to grammar. Some large Koran were used for teaching, perhaps this note was added by a teacher as a student read.


ترجمة سريعة

قام المسوول الاكاديمي للمشروع (قسم الدراسات الشرق اوسطية في مكتبة جون رايلندز) باول تيت بزيارتنا اليوم و قام بترجمة سريعة للحاشية في الاسفل. حيث تبين انها مأخوذة من سورة القمر و تم كتابتها بشكل معكوس، كذلك تبين وجود بعض التعديلات القواعدية خلال النص، و لان بعض القراَيين كان يتم استخدامها للتعليم فلربما هذه التعليقات كتبها استاذ أو طالب

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