The One And The Many: The Early History Of The Qur'an

byFrancois DerocheTranslated byMalcolm DeBevoise

January 4, 2022|
The One And The Many: The Early History Of The Qur'an by Francois Deroche
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A revelatory account of early Islam’s great diversity by the world’s leading scholar of early Qur’anic manuscripts

According to Muslim dogma, the recited and written text of the Qur'an as we know it today scrupulously reflects the divine word as it was originally sent down to Muhammad. An examination of early Islamic sources, including accounts of prophetic sayings, and cross-checks against the oldest Qur'anic manuscripts reveal that plurality was in fact the outstanding characteristic of the genesis and transmission of the Qur'an, both textually and orally.
By piecing together information about alternative wordings eliminated from the canonical version, the one that gradually came to be imposed during the first centuries of Islam, François Déroche shows that the Qur'an long remained open to textual diversity. Not only did the faithful initially adopt a flexible attitude toward the Qur'anic text, an attitude very different from the absolute literalism later enforced by Muslim orthodoxy, but Muhammad himself turns out to have been more concerned with the meaning than the letter of the divine message.
François Déroche, professor at the Collège de France, is the world's foremost authority on early Qur'anic manuscripts and a leading scholar of the history of the Arabic book. He lives in Paris. Malcolm DeBevoise has translated more than forty works from French and Italian in every branch of scholarship. He ...
Title:The One And The Many: The Early History Of The Qur'an
Product dimensions:320 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.98 in
Shipping dimensions:320 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.98 in
Published:January 4, 2022
Publisher:Yale University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300251326

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