Plants of the Qur’ān : History and Culture
Kew Publishing, (late 2020)
Shahina A. Ghazanfar
Hardcover, 176 pages, 282 x 240 mm (11 x 9 1⁄2 in.)
50 botanical paintings
© The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
- First book to explore and highlight the history of the plants mentioned in the Qur’ān
- First book to showcase an illustrated collection of Quranic plants
- Features familiar food plants including ginger, garlic, dates, pomegranate, olives
- Historical and cultural significance of the 30 most featured plants from the Qur’ān
- Text written by Kew expert Shahina A. Ghazanfar
- Extensive research has led to new findings about Quranic plants
- Stunning botanical illustrations by artist Sue Wickison
- Beautiful and fascinating celebration of Middle Eastern plants
This book is the first to explore and highlight the history of the plants mentioned in the Qur’ān, many of which are part of our everyday life, from pomegranates and grapes to ginger and garlic.
Author Shahina A. Ghazanfar explores the context in which these plants are mentioned in the Qur’ān - mainly as food plants, as well as for medicinal use, use in beauty, fragrance or for shade. Shahina's in-depth research for this book has led to new findings in our knowledge of the historical and cultural significance of these plants, their traditional and present uses, as well as detailed exploration of the context in which they are mentioned in the Qur’ān.
The main section of the book highlights thirty of the plants most prominent in the Qur’ān, with details on where the plant is mentioned in the Qur’ān text, detailed etymology, cultural history, and botanical description. Each of these plants are beautifully illustrated with unique botanical paintings by artist Sue Wickison, drawn from living specimens in the wild.
The authors take us on a fascinating journey through the cultural history of these important plants, brought to life with vivid and stunningly detailed botanical paintings.
This book is for art enthusiasts, botanical illustration enthusiasts, artists, students, art lovers, Qur’ān scholars, historians, theologists.
The book will be available for pre-order online later this year.
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