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The Birmingham Qur’an manuscript is part of the Mingana Collection at Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham.

The Mingana Collection consists mainly of Arabic and Syriac Middle Eastern manuscripts with some Persian, Turkish, Armenian and Greek manuscripts, a small number of Hebrew works, and some coins, seals clay tablets. It has particular strengths in illustrated manuscripts, and early Islamic and Syriac materials.

Over the weeks, we have looked at how material evidence, modern technology and developments in the arts of Qur’an manuscripts can be used to date the Birmingham Qur’an manuscript and identify its features. This week we will look at the significance of the wider collection and consider some of the other possibilities of research with manuscripts. By the end of this week, we will have achieved the following:

  • Appreciation of other significant manuscripts from the Arabic & Persian Collection.
  • Recognition of the importance of Christian manuscripts within the Mingana Collection.
  • Understand the relevance of the collection to researchers and academics and potential for research.
  • Awareness of the relevance of the collection to the local communities.

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The Birmingham Qur'an: Its Journey from the Islamic Heartlands

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