“The Grace of God” as evidence for a written Uthmanic archetype: the importance of shared orthographic idiosyncrasies

@article{vanPutten2019TheGO,
  title={“The Grace of God” as evidence for a written Uthmanic archetype: the importance of shared orthographic idiosyncrasies},
  author={Marijn van Putten},
  journal={Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies},
  year={2019},
  volume={82},
  pages={271 - 288}
}
  • Marijn van Putten
  • Published 1 June 2019
  • Linguistics
  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
Abstract This paper takes a novel approach to the question of when and how the text of the Quran was codified into its present form, usually referred to as the Uthmanic text type. In the Quran the phrase niʿmat allāh/rabbi-ka “the grace of god/your lord” can spell niʿmat “grace” either with tāʾ or tāʾ marbūṭah. By examining 14 early Quranic manuscripts, it is shown that this phrase is consistently spelled using only one of the two spellings in the same position in all of these different… 
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