Monday, February 1, 2016

Historic Koran Show to Open in US Capital in Time for Election

By Tim Cornwell
A page from a 13th-century Koran. Hadiye Cangokce
WASHINGTON, DC---The Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries will hold the first major exhibition on the history of the Koran in the US, The Art Newspaper has learned, bringing together more than 50 sacred texts from the Arab Middle East, Persia, Turkey and North Africa. In something of a coup, the exhibition in Washington, DC, will feature major loans from the unparalleled collections of Istanbul’s Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, after an impasse on loans to other exhibitions in the US and Europe over restitution claims. [link]