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      When did the consonantal skeleton of the Quran reach closure? Part I

      Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

      Cambridge University Press (CUP)

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          The Islamic tradition credits the promulgation of a uniform consonantal skeleton ( rasm) of the Quran to the third caliph ʿUthmān (r. 644–656). However, in recent years various scholars have espoused a conjectural dating of the Quran's codification to the time of ʿAbd al-Malik, or have at least maintained that the Islamic scripture was open to significant revision up until c. 700 ce. This two-part article proposes to undertake a systematic assessment of this hypothesis. The first instalment assesses the evidence adduced in favour of a late seventh-century closure of the Quranic text, including the interest which ʿAbd al-Malik's governor al-Ḥajjāj ibn Yūsuf reportedly took in the text. It is argued that neither the epigraphic nor the literary evidence examined is incompatible with the conventional dating of the Quranic text.

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                Journal
                Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
                Bull. Sch. Orient. Afr. stud.
                Cambridge University Press (CUP)
                0041-977X
                1474-0699
                June 2014
                May 22 2014
                June 2014
                : 77
                : 2
                : 273-292
                Article
                10.1017/S0041977X1400010X
                © 2014

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