It doesn't make for a hugely compelling post, but here are a few of the punchiest, pithiest factoids I gleaned:
- Arabic has a verb — zakhrafa — the base meaning of which is "to forge," but which can be used used more specifically to mean "to forge Qur'ān manuscripts in polychromatic ink."
- Kabīkaj is the jinn of papyrus, invoked at the beginning of copied codices to protect the book from insect damage.
- Opening supplications are often genre-specific formulae. For example, an astronomical text will begin by praising the God who created the heavens and earth, whereas Qur'ān commentaries will begin by praising the God who ennobled the reader with His book or who caused the truth to be known.
- "The best way to read a difficult passage is not to freak out."