Huge copy of the Koran to be digitized

A 500-year-old, handwritten copy of the Koran, owned by the University of Manchester's John Rylands Library, has been scheduled to be digitized and available online. The manuscript is the size of a large-screen television, and it is too fragile to be displayed. (photos)

The enormous book was created for Kansuh al-Ghuri, a sultan of Egypt between 1340 and 1500. The paper was made from polished bombycine, a silk fabric, which causes the ink to sit on the surface of the page rather than being absorbed by the paper.