Islamic Book Exhibition opens in Sharjah

His Highness Sultan Bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, visiting the opening of the Islamic Book Exhibition, Sharjah (7-17 July). The exhibition showcases Islamic publishing across the Arab world and is part of Sharjah’s continuing celebration of its status as Islamic City of Culture 2014.

Egyptian Minister of Culture Dr Mohamed Saber Arab shows His Highness the ‘Mamluk Mishafs’*, ancient Egyptian Qu’rans, some dating back to the 14th century, which are the showpiece of the exhibition. This is the first time they have been exhibited anywhere in the world.

*Mamluk refers to the dynasty that ruled Egypt from 1250 to 1517.
Essentially, Mushaf means book The literal meaning of ‘Mushaf’ is ‘the manuscript bound between two boards’, dating back to the time when they used to write on leather and other materials, and presumably needed something sturdy to hold it all together.