‘In Search of Ali Ibn Abi Talinb’s Codex’ published
This book sheds more light on Shia and Sunni traditions on collection of the Qur’an examined using Harald Motzki’s method recognized as an efficient tool in dating the early Islamic traditions and analysis of text and chain of transmission.
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‘In Search of Ali Ibn Abi Talib’s Codex: History and Traditions of the Earliest Copy of the Qur’an’ by Seyfeddin Kara is the latest book published on the views of first Shia Imam on collection of the holy book of Islam as well as those by the Sunni Islam, reported Taqrib News Agency (TNA).
With a foreword by James Piscatori, senior research officer on Islamic studies at Oxford, the book examines both Shia and Sunni traditions on collection of the Qur’an.
The traditions are examined using Harald Motzki’s isnad-cum-matn method, which is recognized as an efficient tool in dating the early Islamic traditions and involves analysis of both text and isnad (chain of trans-mission) with an emphasis on finding a correlation between the two.
The book is published in eight sections the first one of which titled the western scholarship and the early history of the Qur’an detailing discovery of the biblical roots of the Qur’an and challenging the Muslim narrations among other topics.
The next sections in this book analyze Muslim response to the criticisms of the textual history of the Qur’an, The Shia approach to the history of the collection of the Qur’an, introduction to isnad-cum- matn methodology, traditions attributed to Imam Mohammad Baqer (AS), traditions attributed to Imam Ali (AS), traditions attributed to Imam Jafar Sadeq (AS) and also traditions attributed to Ibn Sirin.