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Open Access The Written Transmission of the Qurʾan in Ḥijāzī Script. A General Appraisal

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The Written Transmission of the Qurʾan in Ḥijāzī Script. A General Appraisal

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The Codex Parisino-petropolitanus, with its complex history, gave us a first insight into the early history of the written transmission of the Qurʾan. This chapter explores a sample of manuscripts featuring the same variety of script, Ḥijāzī, which is for the moment the firmest basis in the identification of earliest copies. It determines if in spite of the idiosyncratic character of the contributions in the Codex Parisino-petropolitanus there was something amounting to a "tradition" which was imposing some form of control over the copyists' apparent freedom. The orthography is one of the features which may help us in establishing the chronology of the manuscripts, but also in understanding the history of the text itself. At the moment of the written transmission, the rasm reflected an archaic state that still included traces of the history of the revelations.

Keywords:Ḥijāzī; Codex Parisino-petropolitanus; orthography; Qurʾan; rasm; written transmission



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