VARIANT READINGS OF THE QURAN A CRITICAL STUDY OF THEIR HISTORICAL AND LINGUISTIC ORIGINS
VARIANT READINGS OF THE QURAN
This fascinating and significant work investigates the nature of the seven Ahruf in which the Qur’an was given, as well as the reasons for the differences in Qurraa readings. It investigates, considers, and debates:
The revelation of the Quran in the seven ahruf, which represent seven linguistical ways of recitation;
the compilation of the Quran during the Prophet’s lifetime and the preservation of the Quran in the Companions’ memories as well as in written form;
the compilation during the time of Abu Bakr, and the further compilation during the time of Uthman.
The book also discusses the problem of naskh, which demonstrates the completeness and trustworthiness of the Quran by demonstrating that no verses are missing or were read and abrogated by naskh al-tilawah either with or without hukm;
the Uthmanic masahif and their relationship to the seven ahruf; the language of the Quran and whether it includes one, several, or all Arab dialects; the origin of the qiraat