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"The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts" - at the Freer-Sackler Museum in Washington, DC - Oct 22, 2016 - Feb 20, 2017


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I have been remiss in not posting about this lovely exhibit at the Freer Sackler.  The Art of the Qur'an is a quiet exhibit, and although I've seen a handful of advertisements, it deserves wider publicity. 

The exhibit features over 50 Qur'ans dating from the early eighth to the seventeenth century and tells the story of "how the Qur’an was transformed from an orally transmitted message into a fixed text, transcribed and illuminated by some of the most skilled artists of the Islamic world"

This is a show where reading the wall text is important as they guide you through the various changes that have occurred to Qur'ans over the ages, such as the introduction of medallions and arabesques, to indicate emphasis of text.  At the end of the show the Qur'an has been transformed into works of art, used by rulers as political currency.  

This is a show to set aside some time and slowly immerse yourself in the history of the Qur'an and the history of Islam.  

NY Times review

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