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The First Edition of the Qur'an Printed by Muslims is Issued in Kazan, Tartarstan


By a decree of December 15, 1800 restrictions on the publication of Islamic religious literature were lifted in Russia, and in 1801 the Arabic typeface of the St. Petersburg press was transferred to Kazan where in 1801 the Qur'an (Koran) was first published in a printed edition issued in 1801 printed by Muslims in Kazan, capital of the Republic of Tartarstan. Prior to this date, and for most of the nineteenth century, the Qur'an was primarily transmitted by manuscript copying.

Efim A. Rezvan, "A History of Printed Editions of the Qur'an," The Oxford Handbook of Qur'anic Studies ed. Mustafa Shah & M. A. S. Abdel Haleem (2020) 261-262.

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