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The history of the muṣḥaf during the Umayyad period is striking by the changes it underwent over a comparatively short period. It involved very visible aspects, like the lay out, the script or the illumination, as well as intellectual "tools" - techniques of textual control and philology By its size and its complexity, the text of the Qurʾan was a challenge for a milieu, which had no comparable experience with the transmission of texts. The comparison between the Codex Parisino-petropolitanus and the Sanaa codex Inv. 20-33.1, with half a century at most separating these two copies, is in itself eloquent in every respect. As far as the text was concerned, the identification of the individual verses was an important issue: from the earliest copies, it is clear that the individuals in charge of the transcription paid much attention to the verse separations.

Keywords:Codex Parisino-petropolitanus; muṣḥaf; Qurʾan; Sanaa codex; Umayyad period

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