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The Codex Parisino-petropolitanus is a fragmentary Qurʾānic manuscript which was stored with other discarded old Qurʾānic codices in the ʿAmr mosque in Fusṭāṭ where it was discovered at the end of the 18th century. During Bonaparte's expedition to Egypt, the Arabist and printer Jean-Joseph Marcel acquired a first lot of folios which he brought back to France. The study of the orthography does not resolve all the cases of discrepancy between the Parisino-petropolitanus and the Cairo edition. As for the non-canonical variants, their presence in the Parisino-petropolitanus resembles that observed in contemporary fragments or manuscripts. The fact that the manuscript was kept in Fusṭāṭ does not mean that it was produced there and the diffusion of the Syrian readings within the Near East cannot provide any clue in this respect as it is only known for later times.

Keywords: Fusṭāṭ; ʿAmr mosque; Codex Parisino-petropolitanus; Bonaparte's expedition; Qurʾānic codices



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