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Qirāʾāt

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Author(s): Mustafa A. Shah
The qirāʾāt (sg. qirāʾa) represent the vast corpus of Qurʾānic readings that are traditionally linked to the textual transmission and recitation of Islam's sacred book. It is to the skeletal text ( rasm) of the Qurʾān that all of these readings are ultimately bound, reflecting subtle variations in the linguistic features of the text. The nature of variance among these readings ranges from differences and distinctions which occur at the morphosyntactic and morphophonological levels of the Qurʾānic text and are seemingly of an infi…
Date: 2018-04-01

Ḥadīṯ, Language of

(10,751 words)

Author(s): Mustafa A. Shah
  Introduction The ḥadīṯs constitute the vast corpus of individual reports which are traditionally believed to preserve details germane to all aspects of the life of the Prophet Muḥammad and his Companions. Given the spiritual as well as the temporal realm assumed by the faith of Islam, the subject matter of traditions inevitably encompasses a vast panoply of topics and themes. Alongside the Qurʾān, the ḥadīṯs serve as the preeminent scriptural source of Islam, providing a bridge to the Prophetic sunna, which is defined as the normative custom or precedent established by …
Date: 2018-04-01