Three Ottoman-era Quran manuscripts discovered in historical Palestinian mosque

Three Quran manuscripts that were published during the era of Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II (1876-1908) have been found in a mosque located in Palestine’s historical town of Tayibe.

Aziz, the mosque’s muezzin, said on Monday that the Qurans had been stumbled upon during renovations now underway on a Mosque, which was built during Abdulhamid II’s reign, Turkish media reported.

“We had no idea they were there. They were just sitting among a group of other books… We found it during the renovations,” Aziz said.

According to the books’ Arabic-language introduction, they were handwritten by a scribe named Seyyid Mustafa Nazif Efendi in 1887 before being published by a print house in Istanbul and sent to buyers in Palestine.