History of the Qur’ān: Critical Concepts

The Qur’ān represents the focal point of Islam. Many studies have looked at its text, meanings, and interpretation. Yet, its transmission and historical development remain hitherto understudied. Recent studies have examined the relationship between the Qur’ān and its multiple modes of recitation, critically examining the notions of aḥruf and qiraʿāt. Other works have focussed on the question of tawātur in relation to these variances. There has also been a sustained interest in understanding the history of the Qur’ān through its manuscript tradition.

The aim of this edited volume is to bring together scholars working on these various approaches. We welcome any original article that contributes to our understanding of the Qur’ān’s transmission and history. Topics may include but are not limited to:

• Qur’ānic manuscripts
• Compilation and codification of the Qur’ān
• Non-Uthmānic codices
• Aḥruf
• Qiraʿāt
• The Qur’ān and the question of tawātur
• Pre-modern Muslim understanding of the Qur’ān’s transmission and history
• Contemporary approaches to the Qur’ān’s transmission and history

Scholars interested in contributing should send via email:

1. An extended abstract (approximately 900 words) stating the main argument and a brief overview of the article.
2. A short bio (150 words).

After acceptance, full articles are expected to be approximately 7,000-9,000 words.

The proposal submission deadline is 31st August 2022. Final Papers are due 31st January 2023.

Submissions and any enquires are to be sent to Dr F. Redhwan Karim at: redhwan.karim@mihe.ac.uk.


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