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Lecture 4

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Alireza Haghighi

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the History of the Text
such anomalies are so few and so minor that at first blush
it might appear that the text of Qur’an has no history-or its
history is limited to changes in styles of Arabic calligraphy
the text has been proven remarkably immune to the forces
of time
for Muslims the process was- Muhammad began to receive
revelations from god through angel Gabriel, the prophet
recited revelations in the presence of his followers
throughout his career, his followers memorized or wrote
these revelations down on whatever material they could
find. After Mohammed's death some of his companions
gathered and organized the revelations in written
finally around 659 Uthman arranged for the collection and
editing of an official version of the Qur’an from the best
the Qur’an includes 4 overlapping kinds of material:
oracular utterances, polemical passages, narrative passages
and religious law
the Qur’an in Muslim Piety
the Qur’an should never be carried below the waist, it
should never be placed beneath other books and should not
be touched by a ritually impure Muslim or by an
power and blessing also accompany the verbal recitations
of the Qur’an
such recitations is central to all Muslim's ritual observance
and pervasive influence in Muslim piety
the Eternity of the Quran
the word of god
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