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Priceless Koran manuscripts dumped in bin by theives

Theives who robbed the house of an antique manuscript collector did not know what to make of the handwritten Koran pages they pilfered, and dumped them in a bin around the corner. Lucky break for the collector!

“These manuscripts are priceless and are normally kept in a very secure place,” he said. “But they had been left in a briefcase because I was using them as research for a book and needed to show them to an expert calligrapher.

“The writings, in various inks, are on single sheets of paper and many of them are 300 years old, with some were written 1,000 years ago – they are extremely rare. As a Muslim, I would not be able to put a value on these manuscripts. They are that important.”

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