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Codex Ṣanʿāʾ I – A Qur’ānic Manuscript From Mid–1st Century Of Hijra

In 2004, Razan Ghassan Hamdoun submitted her master’s thesis to Al-Yemenia University, the subject of which was a detailed study of one very early ḥijāzī manuscript of the Qur’an comprising of 40 folios. Unknown to herself or anybody else at that time until today, these folios are from the same manuscript as DAM 01-27.1 – now known collectively as Codex Ṣanʿāʾ I.The article Codex Ṣanʿāʾ I – A Qur’ānic Manuscript From Mid–1st Century Of Hijra presents the history of the manuscript in roughly chronological order highlighting the important events, studies and twists and turns along the way. There is also a full table of contents including the folios located at al-Maktaba al-Sharqiyya brought to notice by Dr. Hamdoun. Referring to the lower text, Sadeghi and Goudarzi said of Codex Ṣanʿāʾ I,

 … at present the most important document for the history of the Qur’an. … it has the greatest potential of any known manuscript to shed light on the early history of the scripture.

This hitherto unknown section of the manuscript made known by Hamdoun is a remarkable (re)discovery without parallel since 1965/72. Slightly larger than the section contained in Dār al-Makhṭūtāt, it is tremendously significant and provides additional very early material evidence of the text of the Qur’an and its subsequent collection and standardisation.

Read the article: Codex Ṣanʿāʾ I – A Qur’ānic Manuscript From Mid–1st Century Of Hijra

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