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This article offers an overview of the 39 shorthand Bible manuscripts in the Cambridge and Oxford Genizah collections. It describes the various methods of abbreviation found in these manuscripts and discusses the likely functions of the various categories of manuscript.

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In: Textus
From its Hijazi Origins to its Classical Reading Traditions
What was the language of the Quran like, and how do we know? Today, the Quran is recited in ten different reading traditions, whose linguistic details are mutually incompatible. This work uncovers the earliest linguistic layer of the Quran. It demonstrates that the text was composed in the Hijazi vernacular dialect, and that in the centuries that followed different reciters started to classicize the text to a new linguistic ideal, the ideal of the ʿarabiyyah. This study combines data from ancient Quranic manuscripts, the medieval Arabic grammarians and ample data from the Quranic reading traditions to arrive at new insights into the linguistic history of Quranic Arabic.
In: Quranic Arabic
In: Quranic Arabic
In: Quranic Arabic
In: Quranic Arabic
In: Quranic Arabic
In: Quranic Arabic
In: Quranic Arabic
In: Quranic Arabic