Thomas Jefferson’s 1764 Copy of The Qur’an

MV: If you’ve lived in America long enough, you’ve probably come to know that the Library of Congress has in fact a copy of the Quran in the rare book section. In fact, many believe that a lot of the US Constitution‘s rights and freedom was influenced from the Quran.

These images bellow are in fact the same Qur’an that Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding members of America had used.

First Muslim US Congressman Keith Ellison taking oath of office on Thomas Jefferson’s Quran


One of the things that distinguished Jefferson’s collection—and rendered it suspect, in the eyes of some in Congress as they contemplated the 1815 purchase—is its scope. There were books in foreign languages and books not believed germane to the needs of Congress (Dimunation made the news in 2007 when he delivered Jefferson’s 1764 copy of the Quran for the swearing in of Minnesota representative Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress). Today, Jefferson’s sensibility continues to guide acquisitions at the library. “If it’s a record of human endeavor that records thought, that documents an event, that explains motive,” says Dimunation, “then I think that’s an important part of the documentation within the culture and experience.”

2 thoughts on “Thomas Jefferson’s 1764 Copy of The Qur’an

  1. Absolutely love the content of your blog. Splatter paint of intellect on the wall of Islam. JazakAllah Khair for sharing!

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