Tuesday, November 10

American Qur'an

"A project to hand-transcribe the entire Qur'an according to historic Islamic traditions and to illuminate the text with relevant scenes from contemporary American life. Nine years in the making, the project was inspired by a decade of extended travel in Islamic regions of the world. ... Collected together and grouped generally according to length (rather than chronologically), the 114 chapters ('suras') form a collection of sermon-like 'revelations' that are the fundamental text of Islam, the fastest growing religion in America. At a time when the United States was involved in two wars against Islamic nations and declared itself to be in a cultural and philosophical struggle against Islamic extremists, American artist Sandow Birk’s latest project considers the Qur’an as it was intended – as a universal message to humankind. ..."
Sandow Birk
Atlantic: American Qu’ran Makes a Sacred Text Familiar