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Glimpse of some Rare Quranic Manuscript from the Art of Quran Exhibition.

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“A Glimpse of Some Rare Quranic Manuscript  from Art of Quran Exhibition”

Assalamu Alaikum,

Today I would like to share a fascinating thing with you . We all like to go visit  exhibitions and explore the rare antics. And What can be more delightful than a glimpse of some of the rare Quranic mnuscript that takes you back to the history and teaches you about the rich Islamic culture,art  and motivating Islamic beliefs.

I came to Know about “The Art of the Quran Exhibition” which is  the first major exhibition on Islam’s holy text in the United States, tells the story of a group of extraordinary works. Many of these manuscripts are kept in Istanbul in the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts (Türk ve İslam Eserleri Müzesi), home to one of the most outstanding collections of Quranic Manuscript  in the world. Ranging in date from the late seventh century to the early seventeenth century, most of the volumes have never been shown outside of Turkey.

See: The Artwork Quran in Golden thread

The Most Beautiful and most Precious Possession of this Exhibition is this Rare Quranic manuscript-

the Rare Quran

Visitors to the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery peer at this  rare copy enthusiastically. It is displayed in a glass case and has an unusual motifs(a palm tree, multi-coloured rows of diamonds and pomegranates) separating the Koran’s surat / chapters .In this Rare Quran Manuscript,the Arabic letters are  angular and erect in shape and are transcribed in light-brown ink. It is Written in hijazi style which is  the earliest script . The two-section volume was copied on almost square sheets of parchment, a rarity for such volumes transcribed before 750CE.

Though the book’s text is identical to almost 60 others on display, the copies—arguably the rarest and finest in the world—are distinguishable by size, colour and calligraphy. The exhibition tells tales of how the books were created in Turkey, or sent there from the Arab world, Iran and Afghanistan. The collection of lavishly-illuminated Korans, travelling outside of Istanbul for the first time, make up the first major American exhibition focusing on Islam’s holy book.

The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts exhibition is the first major presentation of Qur’ans in the United States. Celebrated for their superb calligraphy and lavish illumination, these manuscripts play a significant role in the history of the arts of the book in the Islamic world. The volumes were once the prized possessions of Ottoman sultans, queens, pashas, and viziers, who presented them as gifts to other rulers, as rewards to noblemen, or endowed them to important public institutions. Together, the manuscripts convey stories of personal piety and political power that are explored in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.

Here are Some beautiful and Rare Quranic manuscripts . Thanks to the modern technology , you can flip the Pages of Some of the Quran  right here and see it at the comfort of your home.

You can flip its pages HERE and click on the hotspot to learn more

Attributed to Abdallah al-Sayrafi
Iran, probably Tabriz, Il-Khanid period, ca. 1330

This  Quran is An extraordinary feat of calligraphy, this Qur’an represents a seldom-seen level of artistic perfection. Two of the period’s best-known artists, Ahmad al-Suhrawardi and Muhammad ibn Aybak, transcribed and illuminated the manuscript. The Mongol ruler Uljaytu (reigned 1304–16), a descendent of Genghis Khan, commissioned it for his monumental tomb in Sultaniyya, in northwestern Iran. After his death, reciters prayed for Uljaytu’s eternal salvation by reading the text over his tomb.

Explore the manuscript by flipping through the pages and clicking on hotspots to learn more.

You can flip its pages HERE and click on the hotspot to learn more

Attributed to Ruzbihan Muhammad al-Tab’i al-Shirazi
Iran, Shiraz, mid-16th century
Ink, gold, and color on paper

You can explore its pages from the library  HERE

This  manuscript probably was meant for the Ottoman ruler Sultan Selim I (reigned 1512–20), perhaps to celebrate his conquest of Mamluk Egypt and Syria in 1517. Almost seventy years later, his great-granddaughter Ismihan (died 1585) dedicated the volume to the mausoleum of her father, Sultan Selim II (reigned 1566–74), and instructed that it should be recited over her father’s tomb for the eternal salvation of his soul .

You can explore its pages from the library  HERE

Some other Rare Quranic Manuscripts-

“The Art of the Qu’ran: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts” is showing at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery until February 20th 2017 .You can visit their website HERE

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