Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A III 19, f. 2v – Koran. Online
«The Koran edited on e-codices was written in Ramaḍān 639 h. [= March-April 1242] by Muḥammad Ibn al-Maʿāǧīnī. In addition to the canonical text, the manuscript also contains the variants of the seven readers of the Koran and their main transmitters. It was brought to Basel from Constantinople in 1437 by the Dominican John of Ragusa, one of the leading theologians at the Council of Basel. Since 1433 the manuscript was the property of the Dominican monastery of Basel as a bequest of John of Ragusa, and in 1559 it became the property of the university library. The Zurich theologian Theodor Bibliander made use of this manuscript in the preparation of his printing of the Latin translation of the Koran by Robert of Ketton (Basel 1543). His Latin translation was the first ever of the Koran and the Basel printing — a daring undertaking that even landed the printer, Johannes Oporinus, in jail for a time — was the first printing of this work.
We hope that over time we can build on this first Islamic Arabic manuscript and develop it into a larger project.»