My work primarily focuses on early Qur’anic manuscripts dating from the 7th century CE. My interest in Qur’anic manuscripts began while I was cooperating in publishing manuscript facsimiles with my late mentor, Sergio Noja Noseda, in Italy. Since then, I have had the chance to gain first-hand knowledge of collections of these fragments scattered all over the world, from Yemen to Ireland, from Russia to Qatar and Egypt. As director of the Ferni Noja Noseda Foundation, I have taken part in activities as diverse as displaying printed books at the International Exhibition of the Qur’an in Tehran, organizing events as part of the Italian-Egyptian cooperation for Comparative Studies in Cairo, and the digitization project of the Sana’a palimpsest.
During my time at the University of Birmingham, I have developed my digital humanities knowledge in terms of the post-processing of digital images for the virtual reconstruction of palimpsest manuscripts, the digital editing of texts using the TEI system and encoding for phylogenetic analysis in grouping manuscripts