Orientalist scholarship since the 19th century has proposed various theories that seek to disqualify the Muslim narrative on the authenticity of the Qur’anic compilation and the preservation of the text. The recent discovery of early Qur’an manuscripts in San’a has reinvigorated the issue, and skeptics have hoped for evidence to support their assertions. Bayan visiting faculty member Dr Joseph Lumbard sheds some light on this issue.
Categories: Islam, Quran, Scholarship
Orientalist revisionist theories ignore vast mountains of evidence contrary to their anti-Islamic conclusions, which are based in nothing more than prejudice and bias against Islam. As such, these shoddy unscholarly theories cannot be trusted to give an accurate assessment of the reality of the historic narrative of Islam.
In addition to the Sana parchments, the Birmingham manuscripts have now provided further evidence that the Qur’an was preserved in its original form, thus buttressing the Muslim Narrative account of the authenticity of the Qur’anic compilation and the preservation of the text.
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