Iconic books are texts revered as objects of power rather than just as words of instruction, information, or insight. In religious and secular rituals around the globe, people carry, show, wave, touch and kiss books and other texts, as well as read them. This blog chronicles such events and activities. (For more about iconic books, see the links to the Iconic Books Project at left.)

Monday, June 25, 2007

Golden Qur'an at Pushkin Museum

Interfax reports:
"The unique Golden Koran is going to be presented to the public in the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, on Monday.
The Golden Koran consists of 162 pages made of pure gold. The book weights almost 30 lb.
The Golden Koran is unique. It has been made by the world’s eldest mint, the Goznak Russian Mint in Moscow. It took them eighteen months to create the masterpiece, which it is impossible to copy or to forge.
It is based on one of ten copies of the 8th century manuscript of Uthman’s Koran, once preserved in a private collection in Russia. In 1936 the original of the world’s eldest manuscript of the Koran was appropriated by the Soviets and since that time it has been kept in the St. Petersburg Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The Golden Koran will be exhibited in the Pushkin Museum for the next two weeks."

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