15.11.2022Samarkand Quran in the Public Library (1870–1917)The online exhibition is devoted to the early Samarkand Quran, a unique landmark of world literature that was kept in St. Petersburg Imperial Library (now National Library of Russia) for half a century. The history of this manuscript is steeped in legends and stretches back centuries. For a long time it was believed, and many continue to believe so far, that the Samarkand Quran was copied by the eminent companion of the prophet Muhammad, the Caliph Uthman (‘Osman; rights. 644–656) and, moreover, that the Caliph was murdered while he was reading this book and it is stained with his blood. The legend gave the title of the "Uthman Quran" to the book.