The history of the Qur'ānic text : from revelation to compilation : a comparative study with the Old and New Testaments

  • Leicester : UK Islamic Academy 2003
Physical description
xxii, 376 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
  • 1872531652
  • 9781872531656
  • 1872531660
  • 9781872531663
  • Text in English with some Arabic.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-356) and index.
  • Text in English with some Arabic.
  • I. The history of the Qurʼānic text. Introduction -- Early history of Islam: a brief look -- Revelations and the prophet Muḥammad -- Teaching the Qurʼān -- The recording and arrangement of the Qurʼān -- The written compilation of the Qurʼān -- ʻUthmān's Muṣḥaf -- The evolution of reading aids within the Muṣḥaf -- The history of Arabic palaeography -- Arabic paleography and orthography in the Qurʼān -- Causes of variant reading -- The Muslim educational methodology -- The so-called Muṣḥaf of Ibn Masʻūd and alleged variances therein -- II. The history of the biblical scriptures. Early history of Judaism: a brief look -- The Old Testament and its corruption -- Early history of Christianity: a brief look -- The New Testament: its anonymous authorship and corruption -- III. An appraisal of orientalism. The orientalist and the Qurʼān -- Orientalist motivations: a study of subjectivity -- Closing remarks.
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  • This volume tries to fill the gaping hole in the area of Qurʼānic textual criticism, especially coming from Muslims scholars. It is an impassioned attempt to contrast the "immaculate preservation" of the Qurʼān with the alterations in the transmission of the text of the Bible, both the Old and the New Testament. The author barely refrains from making the charge that Jews and Christians corrupted the Scriptures the primary theme of his work. Rather, his primary aim is to question the motives of Western scholarship which are described as "continuously undermining Islam's Holy Book." For this reason, he attempts a Muslim scholarly response to popular Western perceptions that question the Muslims' capacity to defend the integrity of the Qurʼān. This polemic approach yields some interesting and at times instructive research, yet comes short of entirely reliable conclusions.