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Kitāb al-Hujaj fi Tawjih al-Qirā’āt by Abū Ma’shar at-Tabari a critical editing of its remaining texts with an introduction

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Kitāb al-Hujaj fi Tawjih al-Qirā’āt

by Abū Ma’shar at-Tabari

a critical editing of its remaining texts with an introduction.

Ghānim Qdūri al-Hamad

College of Education, Takrit University, Iraq

Abū Ma’shar at-Tabari (d. 478 AH) was one of the most notable scholars of Qur’anic modes of reading during the 5th century AH. He had written extensively on Qur’anic sciences in general and Qur’anic modes of reading in particular. Historians make no mention of a book by him on the rationalization of Qur’anic modes of reading (Tawjih al-Qirā’āt), yet I found in the folios of a manuscript of Ibn Ghalbūn’s al-Irshād fi al-Qirā’āt al-Sab’ tens of excepts appended with: “From Abū Ma’shar at-Tabari’s Kitāb al-Hujaj”. These excerpts were on the rationalization of Qur’anic modes of reading and it seems that one of the readers of this manuscript quoted these excerpts from a copy of al-Hujaj he had in hand.

These excerpts are important for two reasons. Firstly, they reveal a previously unknown book by Abū Ma’shar at-Tabari. Secondly, they contain fresh material that deals with the rationalization of Qur’anic modes of reading, which made me work on extracting them from the margins of the al-Irshād manuscript and edit them in this paper. Besides the edited excerpts, 52 texts in all, the paper also included introductory remarks on Abū Ma’shar at-Tabari.

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