Middle Eastern Box, Koran and Sword from Grand Mufti Kuftaro
A late 20th-century Middle Eastern marquetry box inside of which is a signed Koran from the Grand Mufti of Syria, Sheikh Ahmad Kuftaro . The sword, also a gift from from the Grand Mufti, is nestled in a long velvet green presentation box. The top panel of the box features two Arabesque star forms with surrounding geometric borders and inlaid mother of pearl diamond shapes. The interior is lined with red felt. The box is unmarked. The Koran is signed, inscribed and dated, December 17, 1999 by the Grand Muffti and reads, ’To my brother in the love of God, Dr. Reverend Schuller from Sheikh Ahmad Kuftaro. The sword is a Shamshir with ornate rhinestone and colored glass decoration along the hilt and sheath. The gold toned nickel and copper sheath and nickel and copper blade are etched with Nasta Liq script.
The Grand Mufti of Syria was one of only four grand muftis of the Muslim faith and was known for peace and anti-extremism and was well loved. Reportedly, he had invited Dr. Schuller to join him in the breaking of the fast of Ramadan in Damascus and the two joined together in a mosque filled with 70,000 muslims to promote anti-extremism and peace between faiths and societies throughout the world.
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EBTH certifies this item is from the private collection of personal property formerly owned by Dr. Robert H. Schuller.
- front latch is somewhat loose on the box.
Refers to the size of the box. The presentation case for the sword is 43" long x 8.5" deep x 3" tall. The sword within the sheath measures 38" wide x 4" deep x 1.5" tall.