Introduction

Manuscripts in the Islamic Tradition
Entry Hall Exhibition
September 4 – December 13, 2013


Islamic manuscripts comprise an important part of Bridwell Library’s representation of the world’s religions. Dating from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, the exhibited manuscripts include magnificent copies of the Quran and later collections of prayers that long have been central to the religious lives of Muslims. Featuring fine paper, beautiful calligraphy, colorful paintings, rich illuminations, and ornamental bindings, these books also reflect the outstanding craftsmanship that has characterized manuscript production within the Islamic tradition. 


   
  Quran. Persia,
circa 1600
Quran. Persia,
circa 1600
Quran. Persia,
17th century
Quran. Persia,
18th century
Quran. Persia,
19th century
  Quran. Ottoman Empire, 1865 CE
Dala'il al-Khayrat. Algeria, 17th century Dala'il al-Khayrat, 1847 CE Dala'il al-Khayrat, 1722 CE Quranic excerpts, 1792 CE