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Calligrapher Osman Zeki Bey Becomes the First Printer Authorized to the Print the Qur'an in Istanbul


In 1866 Osman Zeki Bey, an Ottoman calligrapher, opened his printing office called Matbaa-i Osmaniye in Istanbul. Osman Zeki Bey was the first printer authorized by the Ottoman Palace to print the Qur'an (Koran).

Kuran-Burcoglu, "Osman Zeki Bey and his Printing Office the Matbaa-i-Osmaniye," Sadgrove (ed) History of Printing and Publishing the Languages and Countries of the Middle East (2005) 35-58.

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