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Priceless 13th – 17th century Arabic and Islamic manuscripts on display at SIBF 2022

Sat 05 Nov 2022    
Brew Admin | 2 min read

Sharjah: A special exhibit of extraordinary manuscripts copied from the Holy Quran, dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries CE are currently on display at the 41st Sharjah International Book Fair, which includes a rare genealogy featuring the family tree of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).

Visitors walking into the main atrium have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the gilded pages of these perfectly preserved, embossed books on genealogy, geography, history, linguistics, and literature, along with a detailed description that explains their origin and history.

This exhibition is organised by Italy’s ancient Ambrosiana Library and the Catholic University of Sacred Heart.

Along with the 17th-century cosmology book Miracles of Existence, the exhibit features one of the most acclaimed Arabic dictionaries, Firuzabadi’s 14th-century CE manuscript Al Qamus Al Muhit, and a 13th century manuscript on the sciences of Quran called Uncovering the Faces of The Seven Readings by Makki bin Abi Talib Al Quaisi. This is the oldest manuscript at the exhibition. Priceless Islamic manuscripts SIBF Priceless Islamic manuscripts SIBF

SIBF 2022 is an exceptional cultural extravaganza which brings together publishers, writers, as well as 1.5 million titles of different genres, in various languages, under one roof. Held at the Sharjah Expo Centre, the event runs until November 13.

About Sharjah International Book Fair

This event is one of the world’s largest book fairs, held at the Sharjah Expo Centre every year. The fair has over 400 literary events, including daily writing workshops, poetry readings and book signings. The stalls prominently feature local favourites, including several Arabic books on Sharjah, Arab culture and Arabic art. The Sharjah book fair is a huge attraction for literature buffs. Travellers interested in the arts put it high on their list of to-do Sharjah tourist places, as it is a Sharjah event that attracts over 2 million visitors and 1,420 national and international publishing houses. Books at the fair cover diverse genres in over 210 languages, while the panels have a star-studded lineup of renowned literary figures and authors.

There is something for everyone at the SIBF, including food and snacks and live cookery stations to give visitors insights into the taste and making of Arabic food. Many parents opt to bring their children to the Expo centre to shop for story books during the book festival, a fun and educational activity for all family members – make sure to mark your calendar!

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