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In Search of Ali ibn Abi Talib's Codex: History and Traditions of the Earliest Copy of the Qur'an

Publisher: Gerlach Press
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Format: Book- Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783959940542
Author: Seyfeddin Kara
Publication Date: 10-Aug-2018
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The history of the text of the Qur’an has been a longstanding subject of interest within the field of
Islamic Studies, but the debate has so far been focused on the Sunni traditions about the codices of
Caliphs Abū Bakr and ʿUthmān b. ʿAffān. Little to no attention has been given to the traditions on ʿAlī
b. Abī Ṭālib’s collection of the Qur’an.
This book examines both Shiʿi and Sunni traditions on the issue, aiming to date them back to the
earliest possible date and, if possible, verify their authenticity. To achieve this, the traditions are
examined using Harald Motzki’s isnād-cum-matn method, which is recognised as an efficient tool in
dating the early Islamic traditions and involves analysis of both matn (text) and isnād (chain of transmission)
with an emphasis on finding a correlation between the two.