For all Muslims the Qurʾan is the word of God. In the first centuries of Islam, however, many individuals and groups, and some Shiʿis, believed that the generally accepted text of the Qurʾan is corrupt. The Shiʿis asserted that redactors had altered or deleted among other things all passages that supported the rights of ʿAli and his successors or that condemned his enemies. One of the fullest lists of these alleged changes and of other variant readings is to be found in the work of al-Sayyārī (3rd/9th century), which is indeed among the earliest Shiʿi books to have survived. In many cases the alternative readings that al-Sayyārī presents substantially contribute to our understanding of early Shiʿi doctrine and of the early and numerous debates about the Qurʾan in general.
Revelation and Falsification
Shady Hekmat Nasser, Yale University
In The Transmission of the Variant Readings of the Qurʾān Nasser studies the canonization of the system Readings, the theories of tawātur, and the emergence of the non-canonical shawādhdh readings.
Theodor Nöldeke, Friedrich Schwally, Gotthelf Bergsträßer and Otto Pretzl. Edited and translated by Wolfgang H. Behn
This first complete translation of Theodor Nöldeke’s The History of the Qurʾān offers a foundational work of modern Qur’anic studies to the English-speaking public. Nöldeke’s original publication, as revised and expanded over nearly three quarters of a century by his scholarly successors, ...
Johanna Pink, Freie Universität Berlin
Analysing recent Sunnite Qurʾanic commentaries from the Arab World, Indonesia and Turkey, this book offers new insights into the academic, biographic, political and religious context of contemporary Qurʾanic exegesis and into the theological traditions and sources it relies on. Durch die ...
edited by Angelika Neuwirth, Freie Universität Berlin, Nicolai Sinai, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and Michael Marx, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
By addressing various aspects of the Qur'ān's linguistic and historical context and offering close readings of selected passages in the light of Jewish, Christian, and ancient Arabic literature, the volume seeks to stimulate a new interaction between literary and historical scholarship.
François Déroche, Ecole pratique des hautes études, Paris
This book is based on a study of the pecularities of one of the earliest Qurʾanic manuscripts preserved (the codex Parisino-petropolitanus, 7th century); it provides an analysis of the conditions of the written transmission of the Qurʾan and reconsiders the constitution of the canonical ...
Arthur Jeffery with a Preface by Gerhard Böwering and Jane Dammen McAuliffe
Republication of Arthur Jeffery’s important study, The Foreign Vocabulary of the Qur’ān, offers a new generation of scholars and students access to this foundational text. Arranged in Arabic alphabetical order, Jeffery’s compendium of philological scholarship remains an indispensable tool for ...
Andrew J. Lane
Based mainly on primary sources and manuscript evidence, this book presents an in-depth study of the life and work of Jār Allāh al-Zamakhsharī (d.538/1144). More specifically, it examines the sources and history, contents and method of his Qurʾān commentary, Kashshāf.
Walid A. Saleh
This work is both an introduction to the genre of classical tafsīr and a detailed study of one of its major architects, al-Thaʿlabī (d. 427/1035). The book offers a detailed study of the hermeneutical principles that governed al-Thaʿlabī's approach to the Qurʾān, principles which became the ...
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