This book presents the proceedings of the 9th Conference in the domain of manuscripts organised by the Centre for the Study of Islamic Manuscripts, Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation. The conference, held on Saturday and Sunday, 9-10 November 2019, in Istanbul, Turkey, aimed to lay the foundation for a substantial and robust scientific project countering the spurious claims made by some orientalists, in various writings, regarding the phase of collation and transcription of the Noble Qurʾān.
The academic papers presented at the conference revolved around the following topics: writing the Noble Qurʾān in the time of the Prophet, peace be upon him; the truth of ʿUthmān’s (may Allah be pleased with him) action in abrogating Qur’ān copies; Qurʾān manuscripts and their role in confirming uncommon narrations relating to orthography, pointing and diacritics; history of compilation of the Noble Qurʾān in a comparative codicological study of early Qur’ān copies; and a methodological criticism of the theory of Syriac and Aramaic texts in the Noble Qur’ān;
Furthermore, the delegates discussed the topic of orientalists and the Qur’ān canonical readings with reference to Theodor Nöldeke’s book, ‘The History of the Qurʾān’, and examined the issue of the discoveries of Qurʾān parchments in Sanaa Grand Mosque.
In addition, two papers scrutinised both the ‘Corpus Coranicum’ and ‘Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān’ projects, identifying problematic issues of objectivity and bias in their presentation.