exhibition “Book of Books” opened in Kazan

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Today in the National Library of the Republic of Tatarstan opened the exhibition “Olug Kitap” (“Book of Books”), dedicated to the Koran – the holy book of Muslims. This event continued the cycle of festive events dedicated to the 1100th anniversary of the voluntary adoption of Islam by Volga Bulgaria.

“At the exhibition dedicated to the 1100th anniversary of the adoption of Islam by Volga Bulgaria, unique manuscripts and printed copies of the Koran, tafsirs (interpretations) and translations of the Muslim holy book are presented,” said the Deputy Director for Research of the National Library of the Republic of Tatarstan. Irek Hadiev.

Photo: © Mikhail Zakharov / Tatar-inform

According to him, today the collection of manuscripts and printed copies of the Koran, interpretations and translations into various languages, as well as materials on electronic media has more than 300 items. Thus, the library has editions of the Koran from Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and many other countries.

During the tour, guests were shown a list of Qur’anic tafsis by the eminent sculptor and artist Baki Urmanche, the smallest copy of a sacred book measuring “half a matchbox”, a “children’s” printed Qur’an from an Arabic printing house, a fragment from a book printed by many Japanese hieroglyphs. .

Photo: © Mikhail Zakharov / Tatar-inform

In addition to various reprints and interpretations of the Holy Scriptures, the exhibition includes works by three young artists specializing in Arabic calligraphy in modern abstract performance: painter Alexei Gorin, writer from Yekaterinburg Airat Husmatulin, and famous Kazan singer and designer Nazim Ismagilov.

The authors of the paintings could not attend the opening in person, but recorded a video message to the guests of the exhibition.

“We believe that Arabic calligraphy has a great role not only in the development of art, but also in the development of consciousness of modern man,” he said. Nazim Ismagilovwho joined the event via video link.

Photo: © Mikhail Zakharov / Tatar-inform

Rector of the Russian Islamic Institute Rafik Mukhametshin during the discussion he noted that the adult generation may be ambivalent about the new trend in art.

“We can talk about modern Arabic calligraphy as a new trend in art in different ways, as Muslims have classical calligraphy. But it can be used as a tool to attract young people, “he said.

Ahmad Abu Yahya Al-Hanafi, Specialist of the Sharia Department of the State Duma of the Republic of Tatarstan, Lecturer at Kazan Islamic University told about the creation of a modern handwritten Koran, which will be the first in recent Muslim history.

“The Koran has always been rewritten by hand, and we want to revive this tradition here in Kazan. Calligrapher Artur Pisarenko is already conducting this work using modern technologies. We have everything we need to serve the Qur’an, the holy book of Muslims, “he said.

It will be possible to visit the Book of Books exhibition at the National Library until the end of the summer.

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