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Revisiting the Collection and Transmission History of the Qur’an

Lecture Series

Dr Shehzad Saleem

This is a multi lecture series by Dr Shehzad Saleem, Fellow Al-Mawrid, for serious students of the Qur'an. It is based on his fifteen year research in which he has revisited some intriguing areas of the collection and transmission history of the Qur’an. He has attempted to critically evaluate the traditional narratives and accounts and tried to re-construct the history of the Qur’an on the basis of established historical sources.

This multi lecture series comprises 20 topics and each topic is divided into various episodes. These lectures will be periodically released episode-wise.

Latest episode

Narratives on the Revelation of the Qur’an on Seven Ahruf - Episode 12 {topic_no}


In this episode, Dr Shehzad Saleem critically evaluates the Shiite view on the Seven Ahruf narrative. He then enumerates some secondary views on the interpretation of the Seven Ahruf narrative.

Revisiting the Collection and Transmission History of the Qur’an (Past Episodes)


Topic 1 - Towards a New Inquiry

Topic 2 - Narratives on Four People Collected the Qur’an in the Lifetime of Muhammad (sws)

Topic 3 - Critical Analysis of the Narrative on Abu Bakr’s Collection

Topic 4 - Critical Analysis of the Narrative on Uthman’s Collection

Topic 5 - Narratives on the Collection of the Qur’an by ‘Ali (rta)

Topic 6 - Narratives on the Masahif of Ubayy ibn Ka'b (rta) and Abdullah ibn Masud (rta)

Topic 7 - Narratives on Abdullah ibn Masud’s Rejection of the Muawwidhatayn

Topic 8 - A Narrative on the Placement of Surah Anfal (8) and Surah Tawbah (9)

Topic 9 - Narratives on ‘Abdullah ibn Mas‘ud’s Refusal to Surrender his Mushaf

Topic 10 - Narratives on Mistakes (Lahn) in the Qur'an

Topic 11 - Narratives on Ustuwanah al-Mushaf

Topic 12 - Narratives on Ustuwanah al-Mushaf

Topic 13 - A Narrative on the Schematic Arrangement of the Qur’an

Topic 14 - Narratives on the Variations found in the ‘Uthmanic Copies

Topic 15 - Two Narratives on the Incompleteness of the Quran

Topic 16 - Critical Evaluation of the Insertion of Vocalization and Diacritics in the Qur’anic Script

Topic 17 - Narratives on the Revelation of the Qur’an on Seven Ahruf


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