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.
Narratives on Mistakes (Lahn) in the Qur’an - Episode 01
A narrative informs us that when the masahif copied in the time of ‘Uthman (rta) were presented before him, he said that they contain mistakes (lahn) and that these errors need not be corrected because the Arabs would correct them by their tongues. A narrative attributed to ‘Ai’shah (rta) describes certain scribal errors in the Qur’an. Two more narratives attributed to two followers (tabi‘un): Sa‘id ibn Jubayr and Aban ibn ‘Uthman respectively give similar examples of these scribal errors. In this episode, Dr Shehzad Saleem begins analyzing the questions that arise on the texts and chains of narration of these narratives.
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