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Codices of the Qurʾān
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A designation generally used to refer to the maṣāḥif, plural of muṣḥaf, meaning “a copy of the complete text of the Qurʾān” as these existed in the early period of Islam (see J. Burton, Muṣḥaf). These ancient codices, both extant and presumed, are important for the study of the history of the text of the Qurʾān. There are supposedly two categories of these early codices, the pre-ʿUthmānic codices and those with an ʿUthmānic text (see collection of the qurʾān; ʿuthmān).

Until the present day, no pre-ʿUthmānic codices of the Qurʾān have been discovered and definitively identi…

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Leehmuis, Frederik, “Codices of the Qurʾān”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 30 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00084>

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