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QUALITY CONTRIBUTION May 11 2011
By D. Brubaker - Published on Amazon.com
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In this book, which draws from his 2008 doctoral dissertation, Dr. Small surveys the status of, and issues within, Qur'an textual criticism, giving a discussion of the range of variations and development in the manuscripts he considers: 22 manuscripts (19 of which are from the 1st 4 centuries). Dr. Small has included greyscale images of a page or two from each of the manuscripts / mushafs under discussion as well as approximate dates and physical and stylistic descriptions of each. Among his topics are: *orthographic variants involving long vowels, *copyist mistakes, *diacritical mark variants and variants affecting grammar, *rasm variants, *variant verse divisions, *physical corrections to manuscripts, *discerning intentionality / non-intentionality in variants, and *effects of orality upon written transmission. Perhaps most importantly, Dr. Small applies a methodology (reasoned eclecticism) which has served biblical textual criticism for more than a century but is not controlled by a particular religious or political ideology and is flexible enough to take into account the issues unique to the transmission of Arabic texts and the process of development of the Arabic written forms. "Textual Criticism and Qur'an Manuscripts" will certainly be an essential reference for anyone working in the field of the history of the written text of the Qur'an. It will also be a good primer on the current status of Qur'anic textual studies for laypeople as well as religious scholars who wish to learn more about the earliest manuscripts of the Qur'an.
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Important, technical, and instructional; useful for intellectual progress in Islam Nov. 26 2013
By Abraham Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
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A work that nearly stands alone by subject matter and technical depth. Examines over 20 different manuscripts carefully (includes photocopies of them) and gives explanation for why much of the textual tradition of the Qur'an was either lost or intentionally destroyed. Some of the textual variants seemed trivial to me personally, as have many Biblical variants, but there was an even handed treatment of the material evidence. I felt the text constructed the purposes and methods of textual criticism in a respectful manner beginning from the ground up. Not a very welcome text in the eyes of Islamic fundamentalism but useful for thoughtful inquiry concerning the text's reliability.
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Must read before doing textual criticism on the Qur'an Oct. 5 2013
By V. K. Inman - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent work and correctly done textual criticism. It would have been better is he had given us a critical text, even of a short passage, as a better arrangement of his findings. It would also have been better if he had used lessons learned from Hebrew Bible textual criticism since this more closely parallels the text criticism of the Qur'an. But at least he is doing textual criticism on the Qur'an which few others are doing.
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Much needed advancement... Aug. 27 2011
By Textual Critic - Published on Amazon.com
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Great contribution to the field, opening up more needed/healthy dialogue regarding these issues. Many people will profit from reading this work, as have I.


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