Kitab salat al-sawai

Page from the Book of Hours, showing floral borders, later reused by Gregorio di Gregorii

The Kitab salat al-sawai is widely considered the first book in Arabic printed using moveable type. It was a book of hours intended for Arabic-speaking Christians and presumably commissioned by Pope Julius II. It had 120 un-numbered pages. Some eight or nine copies are known to survive.[1]

The book is dated 12 September 1514, and was almost certainly printed by Gregorio di Gregorii, very probably in Venice, despite the colophonic attribution to Fano.[1]

The psalms used are those of the eleventh-century Malachite bishop Abd Allah ibn al-Fadl.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c M. Krek, M. (1979). "The Enigma of the First Arabic Book Printed from Movable Type". Journal of Near Eastern Studies. 38 (3): 203–212. doi:10.1086/372742.


  • The Princeton University Chronicle, vol. 4, number 1, November 1942, pp. 5–9.

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