Alba Fedeli is a research fellow at FSCIRE, working on the transmission of early Qur’anic manuscripts through phylogenetic analysis. She stirred up media frenzy after the BBC announcement that the “Birmingham Qur’an” manuscript dates to Muhammad’s lifetime. She received her PhD from the University of Birmingham, after studies in Italy with Sergio Noja Noseda. She was drawn to Birmingham’s Cadbury Research Library after more than a decade spent studying early Qur’anic manuscripts in locations as diverse as Sana’a, Cambridge, Doha, Dublin and St. Petersburg. Fedeli was a research fellow at the Centre of Religious Studies, CEU, in Budapest from 2015 to 2017 and at the John Rylands Research Institute in Manchester in 2015. She taught at the University of Milan from 2004 to 2012 and was Director of the Ferni Noja Noseda Foundation from 2004 to 2008.
Her publications reflect her research interests in early Qur’anic manuscripts. Fedeli’s work on the Mingana-Lewis palimpsest has been uploaded on the Cambridge Digital Library (http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/minganalewis), establishing a pioneer system for encoding the text of early Qur’anic manuscripts through TEI (Text Encoding Initiative). She is assistente accademico at the Ambrosiana Library and honorary research fellow of the Institute of Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing (ITSEE) at the University of Birmingham, UK.