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Imperial Scriptoria?

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Von Bothmer's pioneer work on the manuscript Sanaa, DaM Inv. 20-33.1 has led to the identification of a group of magnificent copies produced under official patronage. They reflect a major change in the techniques involved in their production, as well as a new vision of the Qur? an as a book. Were official "scriptoria" in charge of the preparation of such volumes? The similarities between them point to a control over their appearance, but their idiosyncrasies prevent from considering that they were produced by a well-established team. The ornamental repertoire evolved: some components inherited from the Late Antique tradition are still present, especially in the Qur?anic manuscripts discussed in the first part of this chapter. Are we still dealing with Umayyad manuscripts? On this point, more research is needed in order to ascribe them confidently to this period or to the beginning of Abbasid rule.

Keywords:Abbasid rule; manuscript Sanaa; Qurʾanic manuscripts; Umayyad manuscripts; Von Bothmer

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