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Chinese-printed Korans filled with errors

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The International Koran Exhibition is seen at the Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan on August 16, 2010 in Tehran, Iran. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian. | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/d118f5c50ca0966effe8b215a0ea2e74/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
The International Koran Exhibition is seen at the Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan on August 16, 2010 in Tehran, Iran. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian. | License Photo

TEHRAN, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Copies of the Koran printed in China and imported into Iran have been found to be littered with spelling mistakes, an Iranian official says.

Import companies should refuse to bring the error-ridden copies of the Muslim holy book into the country from China, Ahmad Haji-Sharif, director of the Department of Evaluation on Publication of the Holy Koran, said in Tehran Monday.

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He said customers should prefer to purchase an Iranian product with better quality and bearing no mistakes, the Mehr news agency reported.

Iran enjoys high-quality printing presses, he said, with almost 1,000 Koran publishers working in the country, "so why should we send our publications outside Iran?"

"I must admit also that the holy Koran has been inscribed with over 60 different types of inscriptions by Iranian masters of calligraphy, which is rare in the world," he said.

"There are also over 100 different translations available inside the country."

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