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|Title: ||Studies in two transmissions of the Qur'an|
|Authors: ||Brockett, Adrian Alan|
|Supervisors: ||Burton, J.|
|Issue Date: ||1985|
|Abstract: ||Two transmissions of the Qur'an can be found in printed copies
today. One stems from Kufa and the other from Medina. They are
more commonly called by the names of their respective second-century
transmitters, Hafs and 'Wars.
This thesis examines the relationship between these two transmissions,
as exemplified in the first five suras.
The Hafs transmission is found in printed Qur'an copies from all but
West and North-West Africa, which employ the War transmission. The
Hafs transmission is therefore the transmission found in the vast majority
of printed copies of the Qur'an, and printed copies of the 'Wars transmission
are rare in comparison.
There is no doubt that copies according to other transmissions have
existed as well, but none has apparently been printed. The Basrans al—Xalil
and Sibawayhi, for instance, had texts that differed in places from both the
Hafs and 'Wars transmissions. And the existence of manuscripts according
to the Basran reading-system of abu 'Amr by way of al—Duri has been
testified in the Sudan this century.
The Qur'an according to this last transmission has in fact been printed
at the head and side of the pages of editions of al—Zamaxari's commentary
a1—Kaf, but these are not considered by Muslims as Qur'an copies
proper. They are type-set and have occasional misprints, and at times
do not tally with data on the reading-system of abu 'Amr given in works
on Qur'an readings.
Qur'an copies according to transmissions such as these or others might
therefore still exist in manuscript, but would not readily be consultable.
So it would be of use to document differences between those transmissions
that actually are available in print.
On a general level, this provides a step towards a critical apparatus
of the Qur'an, and on a more specific one, it provides the data for this
|Publisher: ||University of St Andrews|
|Appears in Collections:||Arabic Theses|
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