"Treatise on the Veneration of the Holy Icons" by Theodore Abu Qurrah
Made in Early Islamic Palestine
Ink and pigments on parchment; 238 folios
7 7/8 x 6 1/4 in. (20 x 15.9 cm)
The British Library, London (Or.4950)
Not on view
Writing in Arabic, Theodore Abu Quarrah (ca. 777–ca. 830) authored this defense of icons in 800. Greatly influenced by John of Damascus, Abu Quarrah argued that images and scripture were powerful representatives of Church dogma and encouraged Christians to continue icon veneration despite Jewish and Muslim charges of idolatry.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.