The Blue Qur'an

Filiz Çakir Phillip, former Curator at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto

Jonathan Bloom, Boston College

This video explores the beautiful "Blue Qur'an, one of the most recognizable examples of this sacred text. Dating to the 9th or 10th century, it is one of the earliest surviving Quranic manuscripts of this quality and still holds mysteries surrounding its production and origins. This video is part of the digital exhibit, "Hidden Stories: Books Along the Silk Roads."


Further Reading and Viewing

For an extended conversation about this object, see the video and accompanying materials on the "Hidden Stories: Books Along the Silk Roads" video page. 

See also the bibliography from the Hidden Stories Project website.


This video was originally produced for the "Hidden Stories: Books Along the Silk Roads" digital exhibit in 2022.

Bloom, Jonathan, and Filiz Çakir Phillip, "The Blue Qur'an," Middle Ages for Educators, April 8, 2024. Accessed [date].