Exhibitions and events

The Birmingham Qur’an Manuscript was exhibited at the University in October 2015 where it attracted over 9,000 visitors in three weeks. Following that it was exhibited in the new Faith Gallery at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery during 2016 for a six-month period. The original manuscript is not on public exhibition for preservation reasons.

A public exhibition of a digital version toured the United Arab Emirates in 2017 and 2018, visiting Sharjah International Book Fair, Umm Al Emarat Park and Dubai Design District. This major interactive digital exhibition told the fascinating story of the Birmingham Qur'an to the UAE for the first time. 

Some 25,000 people in total visited the exhibition in November 2018 at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) and Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi, where they explored the manuscript in digital form as well as viewing a detailed replica of the holy script. 

Free online course

A free, four-week online course open to all, ran twice in 2018, at FutureLearn: The Birmingham Qur'an: Its Journey from the Islamic Heartlands.  

UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration

The touring digital exhibition formed a highlight of the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration, held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and HRH The Prince of Wales.

The UK was the designated Country of Honour for Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) 2017, as part of the UK/UAE Year of Creative Collaboration between the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. SIBF is the largest Book Fair in the Arab Region and the fourth largest in the world. See photos from the exhibition.

University of Birmingham

In 2015, to meet public demand, the University of Birmingham staged a three-week exhibition of the Birmingham Qur'an manuscript. It attracted over 9,000 visitors. See feedback from visitors.

A Muslim woman and her daughter look at the replica of the manuscript on display.

A group of people look at the replica of the manuscript on display inside a glass case.

UK-UAE Year of Cultural Collaboration

Susan Worrall, Director of Special Collections, demonstrates the digital Qur'an manuscript at the launch of the UK-UAE Year of Cultural Collaboration, November 2016.