Dating sanaa manuscripts

Among Muslims, the Holy Qur’an plays a central role in rituals, law, theology, literature arts and spirituality."Qur’an and early Islamic documents on the occasion of the publication of Asma Hilali’s The Sanaa Palimpsest.

Among Muslims, the Holy Qur’an plays a central role in rituals, law, theology, literature arts and spirituality. Fedeli was a research fellow at the Centre for Religious Studies, CEU, in Budapest and at the John Rylands Research Institute in Manchester.

His most recent books in English are The Emergence of Islam in Late Antiquity (Cambridge, 2014, 2016) and The Arabs and Islam in Late Antiquity: A Critique of Approaches to Arabic Sources (2014).

Alba Fedeli is research fellow at FSCIRE in Bologna, Italy, and honorary research fellow of the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing at the University of Birmingham, working on the transmission of early Qur’anic manuscripts through phylogenetic analysis.

The Transmission of the Qur’an in the first centuries AH (Oxford University Press in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2017).

The book provides an introduction to and the edition of one of the oldest Qur’an manuscripts discovered so far: Manuscript 0127-1 from Dār al-Makhṭūṭāt in Sanaa, Yemen (called ‘the Sanaa palimpsest’ for ease of reference), a manuscript dating to the 1-2 century.

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