Monday, November 14, 2016

Washington show celebrates the sacred art of the Quran

By June Soh
The Qur’an commissioned by Mongol ruler Uljaytu in Baghdad in the early 1300s and brought back to Istanbul by Suleiman the Magnificent. Photograph: Neil Greentree
WASHINGTON, DC---A show with more than 60 of the most important manuscripts of and about the Quran opened recently in Washington, DC. The books and documents were created over more than a thousand years in countries across the Islamic world -- from North Africa to Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan. “The Art of the Qu’ran” is the first major exhibition of its kind in the United States. It can be seen at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, which is part of the world famous Smithsonian Institution. The exhibit shows the beauty of the calligraphy and the extremely fine details of the Qurans. It also tells the stories of some of the manuscripts, their makers and earlier owners. [link]