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Revision and Alteration
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The idea and the charge that the text of the Qurʾān (and the Bible) underwent changes and emendations over time. According to traditional Muslim accounts, the revelations that make up the Qurʾān were originally collected together by the second caliph (q.v.) ʿUmar (d. 23/644), under the editorship of Zayd b. Thābit, approximately twenty-five years after Muḥammad's death (see collection of the qurʾān ). ʿUmar died before the task was completed, however, and the collected sheets were transferred to his daughter Ḥafṣa (q.v.) for safekeeping (see also wives of the prophet ). Around 30/65…

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Lowin, Shari, “Revision and Alteration”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 25 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00358>

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