Aquila Style Modern Muslim Living | Islamic Arts spotlight: Aga Khan Museum

The Blue Qur’an is considered one of the most extraordinary Qur’an manuscripts ever created; its origins are 9th-tenth century North African, and it was likely created for the Fatimid imam-caliphs ruling from Qayrawan.

Folium From The “blue Qur’an” North Africa, 9-10 Century CE Ink, opaque watercolour, silver (now oxidised), and gold on blue-dyed parchment 26 x 69 cm AKM00477 (image: Ismailimail/Aga Khan Museum)
Folium From The “blue Qur’an”
North Africa, 9-10 Century CE
Ink, opaque watercolour, silver (now oxidised), and gold on blue-dyed parchment
26 x 69 cm
AKM00477
(image: Ismailimail/Aga Khan Museum)

Muslim Lifestyle | Islamic Arts spotlight: Aga Khan Museum
By Aquila Style, 12:44 pm Wednesday, 11th March 2015

The Aga Khan Museum is a museum of Islamic arts and culture based in Toronto, Canada. The museum is an initiative of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network.

It houses collections of Islamic art and heritage, including artefacts from the private collections of His Highness the Aga Khan, the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, and Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan, which showcase the artistic, intellectual and scientific contributions of Muslim civilizations.

Manuscripts in the collection will include the earliest known copy of Avicenna’s Qanun fi’l-Tibb (The Canon of Medicine) dated 1052.

Qanun [Fi’l-­‐Tibb] (Canon [Of Medicine]), Volume 5 Ibn Sina (d. 1037) Iran or Iraq, 1052 Opaque watercolor and ink on paper Folio: 21.2 x 16.4 cm AKM510 (image: Ismailimail/Aga Khan Museum)
Qanun [Fi’l-­‐Tibb] (Canon [Of Medicine]),
Volume 5
Ibn Sina (d. 1037)
Iran or Iraq, 1052
Opaque watercolor and ink on paper Folio:
21.2 x 16.4 cm
AKM510
(image: Ismailimail/Aga Khan Museum)
The collection, which comprises some 1,000 pieces, includes several superb examples of Qur’an manuscripts that demonstrate the variety of script, media and decorative styles that evolved in the Muslim world. Among them, an eighth century North African folio demonstrates the earliest style of kufic script written on parchment. A page from the well known Blue Qur’an provides an example of gold kufic script on indigo-dyed parchment. The Blue Qur’an is considered one of the most extraordinary Qur’an manuscripts ever created; its origins are 9th-tenth century North African, and it was likely created for the Fatimid imam-caliphs ruling from Qayrawan.

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