Sacred. This groundbreaking exhibition brings together some of the world's most important and beautiful religious texts for the first time. Exquisite and rare examples of Jewish, Christian and Muslim sacred texts from the Library's collections will be presented alongside treasures on loan from other institutions in a unique and compelling modern context.
Sacred marks the first time that sacred texts from these three faiths will have been displayed and explored together, side by side, in a major UK exhibition. The British Library is one of the world's great treasure-houses for the study of all religions. For Islam, over 300 manuscripts of the Holy Qur'an from all parts of the Muslim world from Spain to China, including one of the oldest surviving copies in the world (from Mecca or Medina, eighth century), as well as commentaries, works on recitation and other Qur'anic sciences, a very large collection of Hadith manuscripts containing the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad, as well as a comprehensive collection of Islamic law texts.
Sacred: World Faiths Brought to Book, British Library, London, 27 April – 23 September 2007
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