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Thursday, November 06, 2014
Upload #96: Resurrect
A long time ago, I had a sloppy essay up here called "Sura of Mecca". As often with the sloppier essays, they make better fodder for books; and in this case, most of its material entered House of War. The one part that didn't, was a discussion of whether the Zubayrids had altered the Book of God. I had found one hadith which had laid out that particular claim: Alphonse Mingana,
When the Umayyads re-entered the Hijaz, they had cause to doubt the integrity of the text he found in its Zubayrite strongholds. Among the surviving Zubayrites were ʿAbd Allâh bin ʿUmar (d. 73 / 693) and his household. One freedman of his, Nâfiʿ (d. 117 / 735), let slip that al-Ḥajjâj had claimed in a sermon, “Ibn al-Zubayr has changed the Book of God”. [footnote - Mingana]
Over the past week, I have now found a different hadith, which is in parallel to an infamous hadith of Ibn Umar:
The resultant essay "Inwardly Uncollected" would probably go better in The Arabs and Their Qur'an. Still. It's here; it offers more evidence for resistance to the Umayyad codex; I am glad all my work on this is not permanently deleted.
"Ekdikos" has also taken on some tweaks.
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