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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book and its parts, and presents a survey of the contributions to the book. The contributions assembled in the first part address various general aspects of the Qurʾān's political, economic, linguistic, and cultural context that are vital for any close textual reading of the Qurʾān itself. The contributions, by Harald Suermann and Stefan Heidemann, respectively, investigate the implications that two important corpora of early Islamic data yield for the dating and localization of the Qurʾā. The second part of the volume focuses more specifically on the Qurʾā itself and on its transmission history. Finally, the transmission history of the Qurʾā is at the center of both Gregor Schoeler's and Omar Hamdan's contributions.

Keywords: Gregor Schoeler; Harald Suermann; Omar Hamdan; Qurʾan; Stefan Heidemann; transmission history

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