This collection began with the vision of Mr Hamid Jafar to bring together objects that would show Islam’s influence as a unifying force as well as a source of inspiration in so many different cultures and peoples, from the Middle East to China, South East Asia, and India to Spain and the Maghreb.
It is a journey with both a historical and a geographical approach. The exceptional collection of Qur’an manuscripts and folios shown in this exhibition are a testimony to this vision.
These magnificent pieces are a reflection of the importance given to the Qur’an throughout the Islamic world and each work that has been acquired over the past 40 years represents the most exceptional and unique masterpiece of its type.
The masterpieces selected for this exhibition are not only exceptional historical artefacts in the history of devotional practice across the Muslim world but also exceptional art and design objects in their own right, each one demonstrating new breakthroughs in design and calligraphy.
Most of the works were produce under royal patronage and the production of each one was a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for teams of calligraphers, artists, and craftsmen to produce an artwork that would dazzle everyone with the beauty and exquisite quality and sometimes bold innovations of the work.
This exhibition will show not only the objects as standard bearers of private and public piety, but also of great artistic brilliance, enlightenment and modernity. The exhibition will truly be a landmark event.