Islamic Manuscripts Origins

Quran from the Morgan Treasures

This article traces Islamic manuscripts to their earliest confirmable date. It is far from extensive, so please email me information if you would like it added.

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1400s – Lex Mahumet pseudoprophete criticized (first latin translation of Quran)

1630s – William Bedwell donated a Quran to Cambridge University Library

1649 – first english version of the Quran

1798 – Codex Parisino-petropolitanus discovered

1869 – Samarkand Kufic Quran, appears in the Khoja Ahrar Mosque

1800s – Tapkapi manuscript appears as a gift

1972 – Sana’a manuscript discovered

1920s – Mingana Collection discovered

1987 – oldest printed Quran discovered (printed c 1537-1538)

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