By Theodor Noldeke

This primary whole translation of Theodor Nöldekes The heritage of the Qurn bargains a foundational paintings of recent Quranic experiences to the English-speaking public. Nöldekes unique ebook, as revised and extended over approximately 3 quarters of a century via his scholarly successors, Friedrich Schwally, Gotthelf Bergsträsser and Otto Pretzl, is still an vital source for any scholarly paintings at the textual content of the Qurn.

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42 37 Cf. al-Wāqidī, K. al-Maghāzī, edited by A. von Kremer, p. 202, l. 12sqq. Life of Mohammed, p. , Leben und die Lehre (Berlin, 1869), vol. 2, p. 390, he only thinks so. , see Sprenger, Life of Mohammed, p. 99, foot-note 3; Das Leben und die Lehre, vol. 2, pp. 390–397. 40 ‫ ٔاﺳﺎﻃﲑ‬is considered the plural of a singular (‫ ٔاﺳﻄﺎر)ة‬or (‫( ٔاﺳﻄﻮر)ة‬cf. ) The origin of the word is not clear. One could think of the Syriac ‫????????????ܐ‬, ‫“ ܐ????????????ܐ‬chirographum” (Mishnaic ‫ שטד‬or Sabaic ‫“ ﺳﻄﺮ‬inscription”) which must undoubtedly go back to Babylonian shaṭāru, to write.

It is correct that Sprenger should be looking also for the title of a book. Yet it would be totally against the habit of the Prophet, who only referred to his own revelations, to make use of a generally known41 book and then pursue a useless defence against the accusation. But even if he did indeed mean a book, he would have probably not said “this is only asāṭīr” but this is ‫ﻣﻦ ٔاﺳﺎﻃﲑ أﻻّوﻟﲔ‬. 42 37 Cf. al-Wāqidī, K. al-Maghāzī, edited by A. von Kremer, p. 202, l. 12sqq. Life of Mohammed, p.

Al-Shurūṭ, § 15; Muslim, Ṣaḥīḥ vol. 2, p. ; (alQasṭallānī, vol. 7, p. , K. al-Jihād, § 29); Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī on sūra 48:25; al-Khaṭīb al-Tibrīzī, Mishcát-ul-maśábìh; or, A collection of the most authentic traditions, pp. 345 and 347 = 353 and 355, Bāb al-ṣulḥ); al-Bajūrī [Sezgin, GAS, vol 1, p. 158,] al-Mawāhib al-laduniyya, Bāb al-bayʿat al-[riḍ]wān, where this matter is treated in detail. 25 But this tradition going back to ʿAbd Allāh IBN ʿABBĀS (d. 27 It is consequently certain that this entire tradition, which is not found in Ibn Hishām, was forged to defend Abū Bakr’s claim to succession.

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