The Smithsonian Institution is pleased to announce a new Open Access publication:
Simon Rettig and Sana Mirza, eds., The Word Illuminated: Form and Function of Qurʾanic Manuscripts from the Seventh to Seventeenth Centuries, Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2023.
The volume results from the symposium which was held in conjunction with the exhibition The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (part of the National Museum of Asian Art).
It is available for free download at: https://doi.org/10.5479/si.21948098
Print copies will be available later this year.
Learn more about publications at the National Museum of Asian Art here: https://asia.si.edu/research/publications/
Table of Contents
Introduction: Current Perspectives on Qurʾanic Manuscripts
Simon Rettig and Sana Mirza
Asṭār al-awwalīn: The Qurʾanic Handwritten Tradition and Its Beginnings
Ghaznavid Imperial Qurʾan Manuscripts: The Shaping of a Local Style
Illuminated Qurʾan Manuscripts of Late Medieval Rum (Thirteenth to Fourteenth Centuries)
A Luxury Market? Yaqut al-Mustaʿsimi’s Qurʾans
Nourane Ben Azzouna
Sultan Öljeitü’s Baghdad Qurʾan: A Life History
Sheila S. Blair
Mamluk Qurʾans: Splendor and Opulence of the Islamic Book
Alison Aplin Ohta
A Sixteenth- Century Shiraz Masterpiece: Chester Beatty’s Ruzbihan Qurʾan
The Qurʾanic Soundscape of Mimar Sinan’s Mosques: A Survey of Recitation Programs and the Unusual Case of the Hadım İbrahim Paşa Mosque at Silivrikapı
The Rise of the Enʿam: Manuscripts of Selections of Suras in the Early Sixteenth- Century Ottoman Empire