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date: 07 July 2020

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The academic study of the early physical evidence of the Qur’an’s transmission has a long and convoluted history. Beginning in earnest with the provisional efforts of the Danish scholar Johann Christian Georg Adler, and followed by the contributions of distinguished individuals such as Michele Amari, Nabia Abbott, Adolf Grohmann, and others, over the years the field has witnessed an intricate array of approaches brought to bear on the study of the various materials. Within these contexts, preliminary advances in Arabic palaeography, epigraphy, codicology, numismatics, art history, and papyrology have played intricate roles in the analysis of the available sources. In this chapter key junctures in the attempts to investigate the early transmission of the Qur’an and its chronological provenance are reviewed with the aim of shedding light on developments within the field.

Keywords: Early Qur’anic manuscripts, transmission, ʿUthmānic rasm, Ḥijāzī script, Ahnas papyrus, Codex Parisino-Petropolitanus, Codex Ṣanʿāʾ I

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