Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sandow Birk's "American Qur’an" is filled with paintings of everyday life

By Tasbeeh Herwees
PUBLISHING---The pages of Sandow Birk’s American Qur’an are not adorned with gold filigree or ornate palmettes, as you might find in a more traditional version of the book. This tome looks more like an art project than a holy book—one that took the California-based artist more than nine years to create. Now that Birk has completed illustrating all 114 surahs (chapters of the Qu’ran), his work will finally be released in printed form by W.W. Norton & Co. this September, accompanied by essays from religious scholar Reza Aslan and Yale professor Zareena Grewal. [link]