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Monday, June 19, 2017
Recovered Artifacts, Cairo: Qurans From Ottoman Era Seized at Cairo International Airport
One of The Seized Quran
smuggling attempt of five Qurans was foiled today at Cairo International
Airport. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.
Customs Authority at Cairo International Airport has foiled a smuggling attempt
of a collection of five Ottoman era Qurans, found in three parcels arriving
Al-Rawi, head of the Antiquities Units at Egyptian Ports, explained that the
parcels were seized in the cargo village at Cairo International Airport earlier
today. When the archaeological committee of the Cairo Antiquities Units
inspected the packages they verified their authenticity.
The Water Container And The Swords Handles
Hamam, director general of the Antiquities Unit at Cairo International Airport,
explained that the parcels include five Qurans from the Ottoman era written in
large Naskh handwriting (a style of cursive calligraphy) on old paper and
covered with leather.
pointed out that some of the seized Quran were not organised according to the
Quran's normal index but were a grouping of the Quran's verses.
said that the five seized Qurans are in a very bad state of conservation and
are in dire need of restoration work.
handles of old swords carved in animals bones were also found in the parcels,
as well as a water container made of animal leather. El-Rawi
said all the artifacts are now being held as investigations continue.