THE QURʾĀN: BETWEEN ABŪ ZAYD AND THE MUṢḤAF (ARABIC)
This paper is inspired by the work of Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd (d. 2010) and inquires whether the extant text of the Qurʾān (muṣḥaf) is identical to the Qurʾān of the divine “preserved tablet” (al-lawḥ al-maḥfūẓ). Dr. Ali Mabrouk finds within Islamic tradition itself evidence against such a correspondence and, furthermore, that the “human factor” played an important role in giving shape to the current qurʾānic text after the death of the Prophet Muḥammad. The paper cites traditions ascribed to the Companions of Muḥammad, demonstrating differences in the number and order of sūrahs, as well as the number of verses and words. In conclusion, the paper asks if the cited differences and the lack of correspondence means that Muḥammad considered the Qurʾān an open and continuing discourse.
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