The Birmingham Qur'an: Its Journey from the Islamic Heartlands
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Discover the story behind one of the oldest Islamic manuscripts in the world
The Birmingham Qur’an is one of the oldest surviving Islamic manuscripts. This course will explore the origins and the journey of the Birmingham Qur’an from the Islamic heartlands, the significance of the Birmingham Qur’an, the methods used to determine its age and how it is cared for at Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham. Learn how to identify features of Qur’an manuscripts and how they influenced the arts of the book in Islamic manuscript culture. You will also learn more about the Mingana collection of Middle Eastern manuscripts and their relevance to the 21st century.
This course is designed for anyone who has an interest in the history of religious texts, the study of Islam, manuscript culture, Islamic arts, how historic collections are cared for, and their value for research
- Explore and understand the historic and cultural significance of the Birmingham Qur’an manuscript dating,Develop an appreciation of the religious, social and community importance of the Birmingham Qur’an manuscript,Engage with the journey of the Birmingham Qur’an from the Islamic heartlands to Birmingham University ,Investigate the features of the Birmingham Qur'an manuscript and understand how they relate to the Arabic written tradition,Demonstrate an ability to trace developments in Arabic script, calligraphy and the decorative arts used in Qur'anic manuscripts ,Assess the benefits to research through consulting primary source materials ,Explore and appreciate the size, variety and importance of the Mingana collection of Middle Eastern manuscripts,Debate the morals and ethics of western collecting from other cultures,Evaluate and consider the relevance of historic manuscripts to the contemporary world,Reflect on how radiocarbon dating and modern technology can be used to date and analyse manuscripts ,Compare and identify techniques and preservation methods used to care for historic manuscripts
- This course is designed for anyone who has an interest in the history of religious texts, the study of Islam, manuscript culture, Islamic arts, how historic collections are cared for, and their value for research