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Palaeography is the science of deciphering and determining the date of ancient documents or systems of writing. Arabic palaeography is the study of the development of the Arabic script through time and place.

1. Introduction

The very first verses that were revealed to the Prophet Muḥammad, ac…

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Petra M. Sijpesteijn, “Palaeography”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 22 June 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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