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Letters of Light


© Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

As you walk through the five different sections of the exhibit, you will uncover the birth of the three monotheisms, their sacred writings, and their dissemination across different languages and cultures. You will encounter some of the most exquisite sacred books ever made, featuring the work of skilled calligraphers, bookbinders, and artists who mastered the use of precious pigments and illuminated calligraphy.

Explore art, calligraphy and sacred manuscripts in our Letters of Light exhibition. Curated by Laurent Héricher, Chief Curator, Head of Oriental Manuscripts Department, Bibliothèque nationale de France and Dr. Souraya Noujaim, Scientific, Curatorial and Collections Management Director, Louvre Abu Dhabi. Associate Curators: Sabine Maffre, Khalid Chakor-Alami. Curatorial Assistant: Mariam AlDhaheri.

13 September 2023 - 14 January 2024


Visitors will discover the most important and beautiful manuscripts of sacred texts from the monotheistic religions, as well as artefacts from the collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Musée du Louvre and Louvre Abu Dhabi.