Distributed for British Library
The manuscripts featured in Sacred include one of the earliest surviving Qur‘ans, completed 160 years after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, and a sixth-century Christian text that was suppressed by the church for failing to include the genealogy of Christ. Other fascinating manuscripts include an ancient Jewish text containing an illustration of God’s face—forbidden in Jewish tradition—and the Torah scroll used by the Chinese Jews of Kaifeng. Sacred pairs images of these remarkable works with commentary from scholars and critics that explores the relationship between these three major faiths.
Accompanied by over 200 color illustrations, Sacred represents the first time that such remarkable and venerable manuscripts have been brought together in a single volume—illustrating the remarkable shared history of three of the world’s major religions.
Message from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
Message from HM King Mohammed VI of Morocco
The Idea of a Sacred Text
Living with Sacred Jewish Texts
The Poet in Performance: The Composition of the Qur’an
The Sacred Texts
Dissemination, Division and Difference
Establishing the Sacred Texts
Illuminating the Word in Colours and Gold
Religious Life: Encountering the Sacred
Index of manuscripts