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Open Access Transcribing the Qurʾan in Early Umayyad Times: The Codex Parisino-petropolitanus

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Transcribing the Qurʾan in Early Umayyad Times: The Codex Parisino-petropolitanus

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The Codex Parisino-petropolitanus was found among Qurʾanic fragments which were kept in the ʿAmr mosque in Fustat until the end of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth centuries. The Qurʾanic orthography is one of the elements that have to be taken into account when studying the written transmission of the text during the Umayyad period. The study of the orthography underlines the highly personal approach of the text by the five copyists. The Codex Parisino-petropolitanus was certainly quickly superseded by copies which were more accurate as far as the orthography, the use of diacritics or of vocalisation are concerned, and more pleasing to the eye both in terms of the quality of the script and the presence of illuminations. However, the manuscript contains many indications that it remained in use for a comparatively long period of time.

Keywords:Codex Parisino-petropolitanus; orthography; Qurʾan; Umayyad



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