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American Qur’an Makes a Sacred Text Familiar

The artist Sandow Birk has created a illuminated manuscript of Islam’s holy book that juxtaposes its writings with pictures of American life.
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Sandow Birk creating an illuminated manuscript of the Koran in English. He didn’t do it for religious reasons—he’s not a Muslim. Instead, the American artist wanted to undercut cultural prejudices about one of the world’s most important religious texts, which Americans tend to associate with the Middle East and with violent extremists like ISIS. (The situation hasn’t been helped by.) Birk’s , which was exhibited in several gallery shows before being released this week in its entirety as a book, places translated passages next to cartoon-like

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