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Qur'an - Silvi Xhami, Albanian, circa 1700-1750 Object Reg. No: HT 23223

Alternative Name(s): Quran, Koran

Small dark leather-bound Qur'an with Arabic printing. This 300-year-old hand-written Qur'an originates from the Silvi Xhami (Cyprus mosque) theological school in Ohrid, now in Macedonia. It was brought to Australia from Albania by Lutfi Lloga in order to save it from certain destruction during the communist regime. It was donated by his son Erik Lloga in the late 1990s to the Albanian Muslim Society, Shepparton in celebration of the opening of a community centre extension to the first Albanian mosque in Victoria.
Small dark leather-bound book with extended leather flap for marking pages and stitched spine. All interior pages feature a panel of Arabic text handwritten in black ink, enclosed in a double-lined border with gold detailing. Some pages have decorative floral detailing at the left hand side. The first pages have solid decorative green borders around the text, with handwritten notes in Turkish on the first pages. The bordered text on the last pages have extra borders dividing the text.
Statement Of Significance:
This Qur'an represents an active effort by one community to preserve its cultural traditions, both by transporting the Qur'an to Australia where it had a chance to survive, and by making it accessible to the local Albanian migrant community. The Qur'an is a poignant material symbol of cultural loss and endurance, and the ways in which artefacts can be imbued with the cultural, religious and national identities at an individual and community level. It also represents the establishment of Albanian Muslim community life in Victoria.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Albanian Muslim Society, Shepparton, 2008
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 50 mm (Height), 116 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: religions islam, wars conflicts, refugees, religious artifacts, religious instruction, mosques, albanian communities, albanian immigration, community groups, community organisations services
Themes this item is part of: Quoran - Albanian, 18th century, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Muslim Collections at Museum Victoria, Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021
Primary Classification: RELIGIONS
Secondary Classification: Islam
Place & Date Made: Ohrid, Macedonia, 1700s
Presented To: Albanian Muslim Society, Shepparton, Shepparton, Victoria, Australia, circa 1998
Presented By: Mr Erik Lloga, Shepparton, Victoria, Australia, circa 1998
Other Association (See Comments): Mr Lufti Lloga, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s

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References: Kurbet. The continuing journey of Albanians in Victoria, Immigration Museum Community Gallery room brochure, 2007-2008; 3 photographs used in Kurbet and copied in MV collection - including community and architect on site for mosque and laying foundation stone with the trowel, 1956.

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