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    An exhibition of Qur'an or Koran manuscripts opens in London on Friday (2 April) and for the first time the English public will be able to see manuscripts dating back hundreds of years.

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    An exhibition of Qur'an or Koran manuscripts opens in London on Friday (2 April) and for the first time the English public will be able to see manuscripts dating back hundreds of years.

    Much of the work is so-called illuminated manuscripts, which, originally were handwritten books embellished in gold--or more rarely silver--that gave the impression of being illuminated.

    The exhibition is being staged at the British Library, in conjunction with the World of Islam Festival trust and will remain open until 15 August.

    The opening is to be conducted by the Sheikh of al-Azhar, the Rector of al-Azhar University in Cairo, the main centre for Qur'anic studies.

    Forty of the British Library's own manuscripts are on display and more than 100 are on loan from the National Library of Cairo, the Imam Riza Shrine in Iran, the National Library and National Institute of Archaeology and Art in Tunis as well as from many public and private collections throughout the world.

    Many of the middle Eastern manuscripts have never been displayed in public before and none have ever been seen in an exhibition in the West.

    The exhibition traces the development of the Islamic art from its primitive beginnings in the 8th century to what were perhaps the greatest heights manuscript illumination ever reached, in the 13-15th centuries.

    SYNOPSIS: The British Library in London, where an exhibition featuring Koran manuscripts opens on Friday. It has been organised by the library, in conjunction with the World of Islam Festival Trust. The manuscripts have been collected from all parts of the world.

    The exhibition means that the English public will be able to see early Koran manuscripts for the first time. It's the first time that the works from the Middle Eastern countries have been on display in the West. Much of the work is so-called illuminated manuscripts. Originally these were handwritten books embellished in gold or silver to give the impression of being illuminated.

    The exhibition traces the development of the Islamic art from its primitive beginnings in the eighth century to the 15th century, which some experts regard as the peak period for illuminated manuscripts. It is divided into four sections.

    The British Library is displaying forty of the works from its collection and the other main sources for the exhibition include the National Library in Cairo and the National Library and National Institute of Archaeology and Art in Tunis.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9RQRMCJ7A4P2PO8OO7CPPCOBH
    Media URN:
    VLVA9RQRMCJ7A4P2PO8OO7CPPCOBH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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