The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

The Art of the Qur'an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic ArtsOctober 15, 2016 – February 20, 2017

In recognition of one of the world’s extraordinary collections of Qur’ans, the Freer|Sackler is hosting a landmark exhibition, the first of its kind in the United States. Some fifty of the most sumptuous manuscripts from Herat to Istanbul will be featured in The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, opening this fall. Celebrated for their superb calligraphy and lavish illumination, these manuscripts-which range in date from the early eighth to the seventeenth century-are critical to the history of the arts of the book. They were once the prized possessions of Ottoman sultans and the ruling elite, who donated their Qur’ans to various institutions to express their personal piety and secure political power. Each manuscript tells a unique story, which will be explored in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. For more information, visit the website:

Source: Exhibitions | Freer and Sackler Galleries


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  1. The beautiful discipline of Islamic calligraphy stems from one or two of the educational metaphors in the Quran: the Pen, the Tablet, Read. Similarly the exhortation to learn about and admire Allah’s Magnificent Creation stem from these and many other educational Quranic metaphors. If you look at the main post of my Blog on the Link between Science and Religion in Islam, called Blogpost 400, you will see the common thread of all those educational metaphors running through those excerpts of speeches, interviews and interviews by especially Imams number 49 and 48, the Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) as well as various well-known Dais and Hujjats and others, including a few from the Good Book, the Noble Quran itself:
    400)Blogpost Four Hundred, Knowledge, Intellect, Creation, Science and Religion: Comprehensive Quotes of Aga Khan IV and Others; a never-ending post..


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