Starting in July, the Basel Historical Museum is to show the Basel Quran. The manuscript penned in Egypt or Syria in 1242 was brought to the Council of Basel from Constantinople in 1437.
It later served the Zurich theologian Theodor Bibliander (1509–1564) as a source text for his Latin translation of the Quran, which was printed in Basel by Hans Herbster (1464–1550) in 1543. The story told is one of scholarly curiosity and trepidation, in which the freethinkers eventually triumph over the state censors. Basel Historical Museum and Basel University Library created this presentation jointly as part of the effort to foster intercultural dialogue and to bridge the gulfs dividing us in a world riven by discord and strife.