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Kazan claims to have the first printed Koran in the Muslim world

Kazan, March 1, 2022

The Institute of History named after Shihabutdin Marjani of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan held a panel discussion “Kazan editions of the Koran: history and research” on the first day of March, website reports.

The event was participated by historians, Islamic scholars and journalists. Mufti of Tatarstan Kamil-hazrat Samigullin, his deputy for education, Russian Islamic Institute and Kazan Islamic University rector Rafik Mukhametshin, Honored Architect of the Republic of Tatarstan, independent researcher Sergey Sanachin, as well as Kazan and Dagestan scientists.

As is known, at the last plenary meeting of the Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group in Jeddah, the President of Tatarstan and the head of the Group, Rustam Minnikhanov, made a proposal to designate 1803 as a memorable date for the publication of the first printed Koran and proclaim Kazan “The city of the first printed Koran in the Muslim world.”

Yesterday’s panel discussion was the first step to the implementation of that initiative. During the discussion, questions were raised regarding the history of the publication of the Koran in Russia and abroad, the first Kazan editions of the Koran, the activities of the Asian (Gymnasium) printing house, the Kazan printed editions of the Koran in the Muslim world, the memorialization of the activities of the Asian printing house in publishing the Koran and, in general, book publishing among the Tatars in Arabic.

In his speech, Mufti of Tatarstan Kamil-hazrat Samigullin cited as an example the work “Printing Mushafs in the City of Kazan”, in which the author Ganim Kadduri Hamd emphasizes that the Kazan edition of the Koran of 1803 is the first edition that was printed in the Muslim world and met the standard “Ar -Rasm al-Usmani. Mufti, in support of these words, conducted a comparative analysis of the Kazan and St. Petersburg editions of the Koran.

“Kazan old printed Korans are very popular in Dagestan, they have become “folk Korans”. As archaeological expeditions show, they are available not only to wealthy people, but to ordinary Dagestanis as well,” noted Milena Osmanova, Candidate of Historical Sciences, senior researcher at the Institute of History of the Dagestan Federal Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences.



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