DID ḤAFṢAH EDIT THE QURʾĀN? A RESPONSE WITH NOTES ON THE CODICES OF THE PROPHET’S WIVES

Sean W. Anthony, Catherine L. Bronson

Abstract


This article revisits, assesses, and critiques the recent claim made by Ruqayya Khan that Ḥafṣah bt. ʿUmar, a wife of the Prophet Muḥammad, played a significant editorial role in the early establishment of the text of the Qurʾān but that her prominent editorial role in this enterprise has been suppressed by androcentric scholarship. In the course of our critique, we also attempt to offer insight into what role the Qurʾān codices owned by the Prophet’s wives played in early Muslim narratives of the ʿUthmānic codex, as well as how modern historical-critical and feminist readings of the early source material can, and must, mutually inform one another.


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