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Qur’an in the City project

Last week, KES hosted a Study Day for Year 9 pupils from across the King Edward VI Foundation as part of the Qur'an in the City project in collaboration with the University of Birmingham's Culture Forward programme.

It was an interactive and engaging day with lots of opportunities for pupils to take part in different activities from RS/Philosophy, History and Art. 

Hear how our four KES student leaders who led a session found the event: 

For the last five Friday afternoons, we spent our time in the Cadbury Research Library at the University of Birmingham with Dr Neelam Hussain, a renowned curator of Middle Eastern Art and Literature. We mainly studied and learnt about the Birmingham Qur’an Manuscript, which is part of the Mingana collection, which has been carbon dated to over 1300 years ago with a 95.4% accuracy!

After we completed our comprehensive study of the manuscript, we, in collaboration with KEHS, prepared a Study Day which we delivered to Year 9 students from eight schools across the King Edward’s VI Foundation. We gave presentations on the historical analysis of the manuscript, followed by a calligraphy session in which students learnt how to write their names in traditional Arabic calligraphy.

Overall, the event was a great success and it was encouraging to see such great levels of engagement and enthusiasm from students of all cultures and faiths! 

Abdullah, Bilal, Ahmed and Eesah (Divisions) 

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