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baghdad. Iraq’s National Museum is expected to reopen in March, for the first time since Saddam Hussein’s rule. Although the Assyrian and Islamic displays were reinstalled in two main rooms in 2008, they have only been accessible to VIPs and invited groups. “It will be the answer to my dreams when we can finally reopen to the public,” said Amira Edan, the museum’s director.

The Baghdad museum was closed in late 2002, a few months before the coalition’s invasion. It had also been shut from the 1991 Gulf War to April 2000. This means that the museum has been open for not much more than two of the past 20 years, virtually barring it from an entire generation of Iraqis.

via Countdown to reopening | The Art Newspaper.

A rarely-seen manuscript of one of the world’s most important copies of the Koran is to be published online.

The hand-written holy book, estimated to be around 500 years old, is so precious and fragile scholars have been unable to put it on display.

Now experts at the University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library are using digital technology to photograph each page and publish the book online to enable scholars and students to study it.

Analysis of the digital images should aid scholars to date the manuscript more accurately.

via Rare copy of the Koran to be published online | Mail Online.

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‘Hurouf: The Art of the Word’ traces the developments of the Arabic script from its inception, with kufic leaves dating from the 8th century, through popular calligraphy of the 19th century to the highest calibre works by international calligraphers working today. In selecting some of the most talented, revered and innovative calligraphers working with the Arabic script from, among others, Japan, the United States, Turkey, the Middle East, China and the Indian Sub- Continent, the auction aims to represent the developments of an art form that has entered its second millennium. The sale features monumental pieces on canvas, in bronze and neon too, by – among others – leading artists such as Farhad Moshiri, Ahmed Moustafa, Parviz Tanavoli, Hassan Massoudy, Mohammed Ehsai, Ali Omar Ermes, Sadequain and Laila Shawa, and of particular relevance to Qatar are local artists Yousef Ahmad and Ali Hassan and resident artist MF Hussain.

via Sotheby’s Reveals Full Depth and Range of Works to Be Featured in “Hurouf: The Art of the World”.

Three Highlights | Three Faiths | The New York Public Library

Three Faiths includes 200 rare and precious works created over the past 1,500 years. Among them, great works of the miniaturist’s art and of calligraphy, drawn from all three faiths, delight the eye, as they have done since their creation centuries ago. Manuscript materials are accompanied by some of the most significant printed works of the past 550 years. The scrolls, codices, illuminated manuscripts, and printed volumes are complemented selectively by important bindings, early photographs, prints, maps, and liturgical or ritual objects dating from the fifth century of the Common Era (CE) to the present.

via Three Highlights | Three Faiths | The New York Public Library.

14 Amazing Artefacts of the Aga Khan Museum in Istanbul Turkey

Standard (alam) Iran, late 16th century Pierced steel plate with moulded iron adjuncts AKM00679

14 Amazing Artefacts of the Aga Khan Museum in Istanbul Turkey

Albarello Syria, 15th century Fritware with cobalt blue under a transparent glaze AKM00568

14 Amazing Artefacts of the Aga Khan Museum in Istanbul Turkey

Astrolabe by Hâjji Ali Qajar Isfahan, dated 1212 H / 1797 – 98 CE Cast and engraved brass

14 Amazing Artefacts of the Aga Khan Museum in Istanbul Turkey

Folio from the "Blue Qur'an" North Africa (?), 10th century or earlier Ink, gold and silver on indigo-dyed vellum

14 Amazing Artefacts of the Aga Khan Museum in Istanbul Turkey

Blue silk robe Central Asia, possibly 13th century Woven silk AKM00816

14 Amazing Artefacts of the Aga Khan Museum in Istanbul Turkey

Inlaid box Ottoman Istanbul, first half of the 16th century Wood, ivory, gold, niello, turquoise, precious stones AKM00819

14 Amazing Artefacts of the Aga Khan Museum in Istanbul Turkey

Ceramic architectural tile Timurid Western Central Asia, late 14th century Carved terracotta with turquoise glaze

14 Amazing Artefacts of the Aga Khan Museum in Istanbul Turkey

Dish Khurasan or Transoxiana, 9th - 10th century Earthenware, black slip with white slip decoration under a transparent glaze

14 Amazing Artefacts of the Aga Khan Museum in Istanbul Turkey

Shell with inscriptions India or Iran, 18th century Mother-of-pearl with incised decoration

14 Amazing Artefacts of the Aga Khan Museum in Istanbul Turkey

Sindukht brings gifts to the court of Sam Folio from the Shahnama of Shāh Tahmāsp (84v) Iran, Tabriz, c. 1522 – 1535 Opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper AKM00496

14 Amazing Artefacts of the Aga Khan Museum in Istanbul Turkey

The poppy (al-khashkhâsh) Folio from a dispersed manuscript of Khawāss al-ashjār (De Materia Medica) by Pedanius Dioscorides Iraq, c. 1200 Opaque watercolour and ink on paper

14 Amazing Artefacts of the Aga Khan Museum in Istanbul Turkey

Tray stand Mamluk Egypt or Syria, first half of the 14th century Brass inlaid with silver and gold AKM00726

14 Amazing Artefacts of the Aga Khan Museum in Istanbul Turkey

Tulips and an iris Mughal India, c. 1645 – 1651 Opaque watercolour on paper M127

14 Amazing Artefacts of the Aga Khan Museum in Istanbul Turkey

Young man reading a book Attributed to Mīrzā Alī Iran, c. 1570 – 1574 Ink, opaque watercolour and gold on paper M191

Sakip Sabanci Museum

Traces of the Calligrapher: Islamic Calligraphy in Practice, c. 1600–1900 presents elegant and masterful works of calligraphy alongside the finely rendered tools used to create them, such as inkwells, penknives, burnishers, and paper scissors. The accompanying exhibition Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qur’an brings to light key developments in the Islamic scripts from Spain to North Africa and to Greater Iran through a selection of folios from Qur’ans dating from the seventh century to the fifteenth century. Together, these exhibitions reveal the significant role of calligraphy and calligraphers in the Islamic lands across several centuries and two continents.

via Islamic Calligraphy and the Qur’an | Michael C. Carlos Museum.