The Birmingham Qur’an
During her studies at Birmingham Dr Alba Fedeli worked on the origins and history of the ‘Birmingham Qur’an’ manuscript. Her analysis indicated that it was extremely early, and she encouraged the Cadbury Research Library, which held the document, to have it carbon dated. The results placed it within two decades of the life of the Prophet Muhammad. While studying for her PhD she also reconstructed the Qur'anic undertext of the Mingana-Lewis palimpsest held in the Cambridge University Library. Dr Fedeli is now a postdoctoral fellow dividing her time between ITSEE and Bologna (FSCIRE), where she is continuing her work on the relationship and texts of early Qur'anic manuscripts.
This research project, funded by a £1.75m European Research Council (ERC) consolidator grant, is undertaking groundbreaking research into collections of commentaries ('catenae') on early New Testament texts. The project will have a direct impact on editions of the Greek New Testament, providing a new understanding of its textual transmission and reception, and will lead to broader insights into their history and culture.
Ezra's legacy and the Dead Sea Scrolls: law and narratives of exclusion
Professor Charlotte Hempel’s AHRC-funded project will explore the evidence provided in two crucial sources on the history of Jewish law: Ezra-Nehemiah and the Dead Sea Scrolls.