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Variant Readings Of The Quran : A Critical Study Of Their Historical And Linguistic Origins

Ahmad Ali Al-Imam

International Institute Of Islamic Thought (IIIT) - USA
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This fascinating and important book by Dr. Ahmad Ali Al-Imam, who specializes in Quranic Sciences, attempts to investigate the nature of the seven Ahruf in which the Quran has been revealed and the reason for the variations in readings among the Qurra' of the Quran.
This book studies, examines, and discusses:

  • The revelation of the Qur'an in the seven ahruf concluding that they represent seven linguistical ways of recitation.

  • The compilation of the Quran during the lifetime of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhe Wassalam) and the preservation of the Qur'an in the memories of the Companions as well as in written form, the compilation during the time of Abu Bakr, and the further compilation during the time of 'Uthman.

  • The Uthmanic masahif and their relation to the seven ahruf.

  • The language of the Quran and whether it includes one, several, or all the dialects of the Arabs.

  • The origin of the qira'at and conditions governing accepted readings.

  • Ikhtiyar (i.e., the selection of one reading rather than another) and the rules governing the Qurra' who selected a reading

Title: Variant Readings Of The Quran : A Critical Study Of Their Historical And Linguistic Origins
Author: Ahmad Ali Al-Imam
Publisher:
International Institute of Islamic Thought (USA)
Pages: 167
Volumes: 1
Size:  15.1 cm x 22.6 cm
Binding: Paperback
Edition Number: 2nd
Year Of Publication:
2011
Weight: 0.34 kg

 

Professor Ahmad Ali al-Imam is hafiz of the Qur an and one of a few distinguished scholars of the Quran worldwide. He holds a PhD from Edinburgh University on the topic of variant readings of the Quran, served as a lecturer at Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan and is founder and rector of the University of the Holy Quran and Islamic Sciences in Sudan. Specializing in Quranic Sciences with special focus on criticizing the work of Orientalists on the language and history of the Quran, he has published a number of books and articles tackling issues related to Quranic sciences, implementation of Shariah, and the future of Islam. He has also contributed to various international seminars and conferences on the Quran.

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