Friday, November 3, 2017

Quran linked to start of Islam displayed at world's largest book fair

By Cristina Maza

A rare and ancient copy of the Quran will soon be available for public viewing at the Sharjah book fair in the United Arab Emirates. The 1,350-year-old document is a copy of an original manuscript written sometime between 468 and 645 A.D., and is widely believed to be one of the oldest copies of the Quran in the world. The manuscript was wildly popular when exhibited previously in England. “The manuscript was a star object in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s new ‘Faith in Birmingham’ Gallery, where it was displayed for six months," said Rebecca Bridgman, curator of Islamic and South Asian Arts at Birmingham Museums. "It was [a] huge draw, particularly for Muslim communities, and was seen by over 65,000 visitors.” [More]