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LUCIS What's New Lecture

The Readings of the Quran based on Manuscript Evidence

Thursday 28 March 2019
Free to visit, drinks after
What's New?! Spring Lecture Series
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

The standard text of the Quran was canonized around the middle of the 7th century, mere decades after the death of the prophet Muhammad. However, the text was written in a highly defective script, missing many markers that ensure an unambiguous reading. Eventually methods were devised to mark such elements, without touching the now sacrosanct consonantal skeleton of the text. However, examining the readings that are marked with these methods reveal a striking fact: The vast majority of the vocalized Quranic manuscripts that are available to us today do not represent any of the seven reading traditions that get canonized in the literary tradition in the early 10th century. This talk will examine the readings as they are reflected in the Quranic manuscripts, and will discuss what the implications are for our understanding of the history of the reading traditions and the Arabic language itself.

About Marijn van Putten

Marijn van Putten is specialized in the linguistic history of Arabic and Berber. He is currently focused on researching the linguistic features of the Quranic Consonantal Text and its relationship to the Arabic as reflected in the early Islamic papyri and inscriptions, as well as transcriptions in non-Arabic script such as Judeo-Arabic texts and Graeco- and Copto-Arabic transcriptions. Besides this, he continues to work on the reconstruction of the historical morphology of Proto-Berber.

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