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Check out this intricately illuminated Quran. Geometric and floral embellishments like this are called Tezhip. The elaborate calligraphy is called Hat (pronounced “hot.”) The two types of artists work together to create illuminated manuscripts, scrolls, and books. The work was done by scholars in a madrassa (theological school), similarly to how Medieval Christian monks in monasteries created illuminated Bibles and other written texts.

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