Historic Quran show to open in US capital


The Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries will hold the first major exhibition on the history of the Quran in the US.

The exhibition in Washington, DC, will bring together more than 50 sacred texts from the Arab Middle East, Iran, Turkey and North Africa.

It will feature major loans from the unparalleled collections of Istanbul’s Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, after astalemate on loans to other exhibitions in the US and Europe over restitution claims, The Art newspaper reported.

The exhibition is due to open in mid-October, weeks before the US presidential election.

The gallery’s director, Julian Raby, says that it will give American audiences the chance to appreciate the reverence and artistic skill that went into the production of some of the most beautiful known examples of the art of the Quran.

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