Monday, December 04, 2017

Exhibition on the Birmingham Qur'an fragments in Abu Dhabi

DIGITAL, THAT IS: Exhibition on ‘Birmingham Quran’ opens (The Gulf Today).
BU DHABI: A digital exhibition of the manuscript of the ‘Birmingham Quran’, one of the oldest surviving parts of the Quran in the world, was inaugurated last night at the Umm Al Emarat Park in Abu Dhabi.

The manuscript includes parts of Surahs 18-20 of the Quran, written in ink on parchment using an early Arabic Hijazi script. Part of the University’s Mingana collection of manuscripts, it is believed to date to the 7th Century AD.

The exhibition is being staged by the British Council in collaboration with the University of Birmingham as part of the UAE/UK Year of Creative Collaboration 2017 and was opened by the Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Noura Al Kaabi, and the British Ambassador, Philip Parham.

The manuscript is on display "in digital form" and a replica is also present. Presumably the original is still in the Mingana Collection in Birmingham.

For past posts on the very old and very important Birmingham Qur'an fragments, start here and follow the links.

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