Ageless Qur'an Timeless Text

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Author:M. Mustafa al-Azami
Language:Arabic - English
Dimensions:24 x 31.5 cm (9.4 x 12.4 in)
Publisher:Turath Publishing, London
Year of Publication:1438/2017

A visual catalogue and record, the work comprises a collation of 19 Qurʾanic manuscripts focusing on one sūrah (Al-Isrāʾ) but spanning the entire history of Islam. The verses are aligned in a parallel framework so that each word, each letter, each verse is brought into focus. This enables the reader to discern the text visually, by contemplating the very script whose recitation echoed throughout the centuries, from the time when the Companions of the Prophet g made their way through the alleyways to the Prophet’s Mosque and set down to work, to fourteen centuries later when the hum of the modern, digital printing press accompanies the mass production of muṣḥafs for distribution across the globe

In certain circles allegations thrive that Islam's holy book is not a pristine text but is one that has been tampered with and compromised. With such claims huddling in the background the author alighted on an idea, simple in concept but powerful in context, that would allow scholar and layman alike to explore the integrity of the Qur'anic text throughout history

The fruit of that idea is this book, a visual catalog and record, a labour of love and a product of twelve years of work. This study gathers Qur'anic manuscripts spanning the fifteen centuries of Islam, then "peels" off the text word-by-word and sets it all in a way that is easily graspable yet visually unique. The focus here is not to champion or refute an idea through an essay, or preaching, or speculating, or confounding, or even by reference to bygone works and their authors theories and thoughts. The aim is to collect Qur'anic manuscripts of established pedigrees and, using Surah 17 as a case study, to set the reality of the written words of the Qur'an plainly before all


M. Mustafa al-Azami
  • Arabic - English
24 x 31.5 cm (9.4 x 12.4 in)
Turath Publishing, London
Year of Publication:
Ageless Qur'an Timeless Text

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