Publishing Organization

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian, Washington DC


About fifty beautiful manuscripts from Herat to Istanbul are featured in The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts exhibition. Celebrated for their superb calligraphy and lavish illumination, these manuscripts from the 8th to the 17th century—are critical to the history of the arts of the book. They were once the prized possessions of Ottoman sultans and the ruling elite, who donated their Qur’ans to various institutions to express their personal piety and secure political power. Each manuscript tells a unique story, which will be explored in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. Educator resources and a wonderful set of interactive teaching tools are featured–scroll down page to find them.

Type of Resource

Exhibition website, Lesson plan, Interactive website

Topic Category
  • Islamic art
  • Islamic civilization
  • Islamic history and civilization
  • World religions
  • World history
  • Exhibition website
  • Interactive website
  • Lesson plan
  • Video
Grade Level
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High School