In our image

Sura 84, Sandow Birk

Dying to see this: a series of suras illustrated by Sandow Birk, who is trying to make an "American version of the Qur'an." Unfortunately, looks like I missed it -- the show at the PPOW Gallery (511 W. 25th St., NY) closed October 9 (though Birk's Web site said it was there through October 30?). Nonetheless, fascinating. About the work:

An ongoing project to hand-transcribe the entire Qur'an according to historic Islamic traditions
and to illuminate the text with relevant scenes from contemporary American life. Five years in the making, the project has been inspired by a decade of extended travel in Islamic regions of the world and undertaken after extensive research.