The Sanaa Palimpsest: The Transmission of the Qur'an in the First Centuries AH by Asma HilaliThe Sanaa Palimpsest: The Transmission of the Qur'an in the First Centuries AH by Asma Hilali

The Sanaa Palimpsest: The Transmission of the Qur'an in the First Centuries AH

byAsma Hilali

Hardcover | July 12, 2017

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The Sanaa Palimpsest: The Transmission of the Qur'an in the First Centuries AH provides a new annotated edition of the two layers of the 'Sanaa Palimpsest', one of the oldest Qur'an manuscripts yet discovered. It features a critical introduction that offers new hypotheses concerning thetransmission of the Qur'an during the first centuries of Islam. The palimpsest contains two superimposed Qur'anic texts within two layers of writing, on thirty-eight leaves of parchment collectively numbered MS 01.27-1 in the Dar al-Makhtutat, Sanaa, Yemen. The palimpsest's lower text, which hasbeen dated to the first century of Islam (seventh century CE), was subsequently erased and the parchment was later reused for writing another Qur'anic text, which remains visible in natural light. This upper text is thought to date from the second century of Islam (eighth century CE). The two layerswere imaged in 2007 by a French-Italian mission. Both Qur'anic texts are fragmented and present aspects of work in progress. In its lower layer, the manuscript offers the oldest witness of a reading instruction in Qur'an text and perhaps even in any Arabic text. Such peculiarities offer rare evidence as to how the Qur'an was transmitted, taughtand written down in the first centuries of Islam. The critical introduction and annotated edition contextualises the volume in the field of Qur'an manuscript studies and Qur'anic studies, and engages with the historical and institutional contexts of transmission of the Qur'anic passages. Asma Hilalialso makes systematic reference to previous studies and partial editions of the same manuscript.

About The Author

Asma Hilali is a Research Associate in the Department of Academic Research and Publications at The Institute of Ismaili Studies. She gained her PhD from l'Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris. Dr Hilali has worked in various research centres in Germany, France and the United Kingdom. Her main interest is related to the transmission ...

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Title:The Sanaa Palimpsest: The Transmission of the Qur'an in the First Centuries AHFormat:HardcoverDimensions:220 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:July 12, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198793790

ISBN - 13:9780198793793

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Note on Transliteration, Conventions and AbbreviationsSECTION I: Critical Introduction1. Palimpsests and Sanaa Palimpsest Studies2. The Sanaa Palimpsest: History and Concepts3. The Sanaa Palimpsest: The Text and Its UsageSECTION II: Annotated EditionGuide to the EditionEdition of the Lower TextEdition of the Upper TextEndmatterBibliographyIndex of Qur'anic CitationsGeneral Index