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
Alathea completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
A very interesting, well-designed course. I was expecting the course to focus more on the Birmingham Quran itself, but in fact the Birmingham Quran was used as a way into other, related subjects, including Arabic calligraphy, book design and production,...
A very interesting, well-designed course. I was expecting the course to focus more on the Birmingham Quran itself, but in fact the Birmingham Quran was used as a way into other, related subjects, including Arabic calligraphy, book design and production, methods of dating manuscripts, resources for accessing Middle Eastern manuscripts online, and the ethics of collection. There was good feedback from the educators throughout the course (including the two weeks after the course officially ended).
I wasn't sure whether to say that the course is appropriate for beginners or intermediate. Judging by the other students' comments, the course seems to be equally interesting to people who were completely new to the topic and to those already familiar with it.