North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi said the province kept many ancient Quranic manuscripts including in Barus district in Central Tapanuli regency, where Islam first entered North Sumatra, and in Simalungun regency.
"After exploring some regions in North Sumatra, we found several ancient Qurans that are more than 250 years old. All of them are now on display at the Quran History Museum," Edy said on the opening of the museum - adding that he hoped the public could help preserve the manuscripts and educate the younger generations.
Edy, in particular, expressed his appreciation toward historian Ichwan Azhari who discovered the manuscripts and initiated the museum.
"There are still many manuscripts available in North Sumatra; we have to look for them alongside the expert team. [The administration will] provide the budget; we must preserve the history and icon of our province," Edy said.
Ichwan said the oldest manuscripts displayed at the museum was created in the year 1070 of the Islamic calendar, or 1660.
"North Sumatra has [many] Quranic manuscripts that serve as historical records of the development of Islam [in Indonesia]. Many of these manuscripts haven't been found, so we will look for them," Ichwan said.
Darul Ihsan Media Desk