Revisiting the Collection and Transmission History of the Qur’an


This is a multi lecture series by Dr Shehzad Saleem, Fellow Al-Mawrid, for serious students of the Qur'an. It is based on his fifteen year research in which he has revisited some intriguing areas of the collection and transmission history of the Qur’an. He has attempted to critically evaluate the traditional narratives and accounts and tried to re-construct the history of the Qur’an on the basis of established historical sources.

This multi lecture series comprises 20 topics and each topic is divided into various episodes. These lectures will be periodically released episode-wise.
Researched and presented by:

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Critical Analysis of the Narrative on Abu Bakr’s Collection

Ep 01
It is recorded in a narrative in Bukhari that after the death of the Prophet Muhammad (sws), Abu Bakr compiled the Qur’an between two covers. In this episode, Dr Shehzad Saleem critically evaluates the text of this narrative and enumerates the questions that arise on it.
Ep 02
In this episode, Dr Shehzad Saleem completes the critical evaluation of the text of the narrative begun in the previous episode.
Ep 03
In this episode, Dr Shehzad Saleem begins the critical evaluation of the chain of narration of the narrative discussed in episode 1.
Ep 04
In this episode, Dr Shehzad Saleem completes the critical evaluation of the chain of narration of the narrative begun in the previous episode.
Ep 05
In this episode, Dr Shehzad Saleem critically analyzes the text and chain of narration of some independent narratives that depict a collection methodology.
Ep 06
In this episode, Dr Shehzad Saleem presents the text and translation of some different narratives that also depict a first collection.
Ep 07
In this episode, Dr Shehzad Saleem critically evaluates the text of the narratives that depict a first collection presented in the previous episode.
Ep 08
In this episode, Dr Shehzad Saleem critically evaluates the chains of narration of the narratives presented in the episode 6
Ep 09
In this episode, Dr Shehzad Saleem summarizes the overall critique on the narratives discussed under topic 3 and also presents his conclusion.

Critical Analysis of the Narrative on Uthman’s Collection

Ep 01
It is recorded in a narrative in Bukhari that differences arose in reading the Qur’an in the times of the caliph of ‘Uthman (rta) after which he set about to rectify the situation. In this episode, Dr Shehzad Saleem begins critically analyzing the questions that arise on the text of the narrative.
Ep 02
In this episode, Dr Shehzad Saleem continues with the analysis of the questions arising on the text of the narrative begun in the previous episode.
Ep 03
In this episode, Dr Shehzad Saleem continues with the analysis of the questions arising on the text of the narrative begun in episode 1.
Ep 04
In this episode, Dr Shehzad Saleem continues with the analysis of the questions arising on the text of the narrative begun in episode 1.
Ep 05
In this episode, Dr Shehzad Saleem continues with the analysis of the questions arising on the text of the narrative begun in episode 1.
Ep 06
In this episode, Dr Shehzad Saleem presents narratives that depict alternative accounts of ‘Uthman’s Collection.
Ep 07
In this episode, Dr Shehzad Saleem analyzes the alternative accounts presented in episode 6.
Ep 08
In this episode, Dr Shehzad Saleem analyzes chains of narration of the alternative accounts presented in episode 6.
Ep 09
In this episode, Dr Shehzad Saleem analyzes chain of narration of the primary narrative on ‘Uthman’s collection.
Ep 10
In this episode, Dr Shehzad Saleem summarizes the overall critique and also presents his conclusion.

Critical Analysis of the Narrative on ‘Uthman’s Collection- Episode 10

In this episode, Dr Shehzad Saleem summarizes the overall critique and also presents his conclusion.