The History of The Qur'anic Text From Revelation to Compilation

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The History of The Qur'anic Text From Revelation to Compilation

The History of The Quranic Text: From Revelation to Compilation. The Quran reigns supreme in Muslim hearts as the most sacred of texts: a profusion of exalted ideas to rouse the mind noble histories to stir the soul universal truths to awaken the conscience and precise injunctions directing humanity to its own deliverance all distilled into the melodious essence that is the Word of Allah Through fourteen centuries Muslims have persevered in championing the text against corruption memorising its every word and contemplating its every phrase so that in our own times untold millions have enthusiastially committed each letter to heart. Beginning with a catalogue of ancient and contemporary attacks on the Quran this expansive book provides unique insights into the holy texts immaculate preservation throughout its history as well as exploring many of the accusations levelled against it. The reception of divine revelations Prophet Muhammads role in teaching and disseminating these verses, the texts compilation under his guidance and the setting of its final external shape shortly after his death are meticulously and scientifically examinded alongside such topics as the origins of Arabic its palaeography and orthography the so-called Mushaf of Ibn Masud and the strict methodology employed in assembling textual fragments. By way of comparison the author investigates the histories of the Old and New Testaments relying entirely on Judaeo Christian sources including the Dead Sea Scrolls and uncovers a startling range of alterations that touch almost every fact of the Biblical Scriptures. Using this as a springboard for assessing Western theories regarding the Quran he makes a sophisticated yet passionate case for questioning the aims of Western scholarship in continuously undermining Islams holy book and illustrates convincingly that such research motivated by more than mere curiousity has no scientific bearing on the Qurans integrity.