Publication of edition of early Qur’anic manuscripts

After her ground breaking discovery of one of the oldest surviving fragments of the Qur’an being held at the University of Birmingham Cadbury Research Library in summer 2015, Dr Alba Fedeli (the researcher behind the discovery) has published her reconstruction of the Qur’anic undertext of the Mingana-Lewis palimpsest held in Cambridge University Library.

Fedeli Qur'an

This manuscript contains portions of two other early Qur’ans, probably copied in the seventh or eighth century CE, which were later overwritten with a Christian Arabic text.

At ITSEE, Dr Fedeli painstakingly worked at with digital images of the manuscript, removing the later writing and enhancing and reconstructing the undertext. Images of each stage in the history of the manuscript have now been published online in the Cambridge University Digital Library.

You can read the full story about Dr Fedeli’s latest project here.

You can read about Dr Fedeli’s discovery of the early fragments in 2015 here.

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