Ancient manuscript mystery: Rare Korans discovered, returned to Iran

Thu 28 Jul 2016 16:23 GMT | 20:23 Local Time

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After 19 years of searching, two rare Korans were found in Germany and given back to Iran.

Two rare Koran manuscripts were received by the Munich local police, who sent them to the Iranian consulate in Germany, Sputnik writes.

The manuscripts, which were previously owned by an Iranian collector who lived in Germany, were given to the Consul General of Iran in the presence of the Deputy Director of the Bavarian State Library, reports Tehran Times.

According to the collector’s personal will, these rare objects will be exhibited in the Iranian National Museum.

The Iranian collector moved to Munich in 1962, and throughout his life collected rare Islamic manuscripts. However, after his death in 1997, many of ancient artifacts went missing.

Over the last five years, German police have been engaged in tracking the missing manuscripts. As a result, 174 of the missing texts were found in the cache of a residential basement. It occurred that the person had a free pass to the collector’s house and the Iranian collector probably trusted him.

The total value of the recovered manuscripts is estimated at 3 million euros.

The aforementioned engineer and manuscript thief was sentenced by a German court to a suspended term for stealing ancient artifacts.

The original owners claim that there is one more missing piece from the collection – the 550-year-old manuscript of poems of the classic Persian poet Hafiz. The estimated value of this artifact is 1 million euros.

According to the police, the heirs are offering a reward of 50,000 euros for the missing manuscript.
 

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