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Textual criticism and Qur'ān manuscripts / Keith E. Small.

Book Book (©2012.)
Description: xvi, 209 pages, [18] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, ©2012.
1 of 1 copy available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
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Gordon College Stack Level 1 BP 130.45 .S58 2012 (Text to Phone) Available -

  • ISBN: 9780739177532
  • ISBN: 0739177532
  • Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
Bibliography, etc.: Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-199) and indexes.
Contents: Arabic transliteration system -- Introductory matters. A critical text for the Qur'ān? -- Descriptions and pictures of the manuscripts -- Observing the textual variants. Orthographic variants involving long vowels -- Copyist mistakes -- Diacritical mark variants and variants affecting grammar -- Rasm variants -- Variant verse divisions -- Physical corrections to manuscripts -- Evaluating the textual variants. Variants in manuscripts compared to those in Islamic records -- Intentionality and non-intentionality with variants -- Oral and written textual transmission -- Conclusions. Concluding reflections. -- Bibliography -- indexes.
Summary: This unique work takes a method of textual analysis commonly used in studies of ancient Western and Eastern manuscripts and applies it to twenty-one early Qur'an manuscripts. Keith Small analyzes a defined portion of text from the Qur'an with two aims in view: to recover the earliest form of text for this portion, and to trace the historical development of this portion to the current form of the text of the Qur'an. Small concludes that though a significantly early edited form of the consonantal text of the Qur'an can be recovered, its original forms of text cannot be obtained. He also documents the further editing that was required to record the Arabic text of the Qur'an in a complete phonetic script, as well as providing an explanation for much of the development of various recitation systems of the Qur'an. This controversial, thought-provoking book provides a rigorous examination into the history of the Qur'an and will be of great interest to Quranic Studies scholars. -- Book cover.
Citation: Small, Keith E. "Textual criticism and Qur'ān manuscripts." Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, ©2012.

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