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Smithsonian to host Holy Quran exhibition weeks before US presidential election
Thursday June 23, 2016 2:16 AM, IINA

The Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C. announced Tuesday that the Holy Qur'an will be the centerpiece of a first-of-its-kind exhibition in the United States as it displays exquisitely decorated manuscripts from one of the top Qur’an collections.

It said that "The Art of the Qur'an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts" will bring 48 manuscripts and folios from the museum in Istanbul together with manuscripts from the collection of the Sackler and Freer Gallery of Art, which are together the Smithsonian's museum of Asian art.

According to The Associated Press, the exhibition is set to open October 15, just weeks before the presidential election, through 20 February 2017.

Islam and the Qur'an may come up during debates and discussions, but Massumeh Farhad, chief curator at the Sackler and Freer and curator of Islamic art, says this exhibition is a chance to present a different story.

The timing of the exhibition is interesting as the US presedential election is marred by as always anti-Islam rhetoric.

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