Islamic Studies Initiative Lecture Series
The Canonizations of the Qur’an- From Ibn Mujahid to al-Azhar
Dr. Shady Nasser
Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
Nasser discussed the development, transmission, and reception of the Qur’anic text from the time of its inception up to the first complete audio recording by al-Husari in 1961. Five distinct phases of the canonization of the Qur’anic text will be highlighted: The early Grammarians, Ibn Mujahid of Baghdad, al-Dani and al-Shatibi of Andalusia, Ibn al-Jazari of Damascus and The Azhar institution of Egypt.