By Francois Deroche

ISBN-10: 9004255656

ISBN-13: 9789004255654

For the 1st time, the dramatic adjustments the Qur anic code underwent in the course of the Umayyad interval (660-750 C.E.) are analysed and offered at the foundation of a range of fabric in strong half unpublished. In Qur ans of the Umayyads, Francois Deroche bargains a chronology of some of the advancements which marked the interval, in an process combining philology, paintings background, codicology and palaeography. The conclusions he reaches problem the conventional account in regards to the writing down of the Qur an and throw a brand new gentle at the function of the Umayyads in its handwritten diffusion. Winner of twenty third I.R. Iran international Award for the e-book of the 12 months 2016!"

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Further examination of the copies in ḥijāzī style may unearth other examples of a division at this specific place or at the points analysed here. Ibid. Ibid. 58 In this case, the short segment of 25: 4 which appears as a verse in the Codex Parisino-petropolitanus provides a rhyme to 25: 3 (nushūran and wazūran) and more generally to the beginning of the sura (-iCan) which is not the case of ʿakharūn, the verse ending specific to the manuscript within 25: 4. It is also a strong rebuttal of the accusations levelled against Muhammad by his enemies.

Jahrgang 1935, Heft 11]. 43 In both cases, a later hand scrapped away the mark. Conversely, it does not always consider the same points of the text as verse endings as are otherwise unanimously known as such. 44 Such cases may already be an indication that the manuscript is at variance with the canonical tradition. I shall return to this point later. 45 In principle, the latter should be in complete accordance with one of them, a situation which can be verified by looking at the places where the schools are at a variance, since they disagree on some verse endings as well as, consequently, on the number of verses in the Qurʾan.

Although repeating four to six times the same movement of the hand in order to indicate the end of a verse was apparently done without problem by all the copyists, they were more reluctant when it came to adding diacritical dots to the rasm in order to distinguish homographs. The use of these dots was perfectly known as the manuscript contains a fair amount of them, but the gap between the Codex Parisino-petropolitanus and a modern edition is revealing: the comparison between a page of the Cairo edition with 9: 114–119 and the corresponding place on f.

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