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Lecture: A Battle of Books


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The lecture 'A Battle of Books. Qur'anic manuscripts and imperial patronage in early Abbasid times' by François Déroche, Professor at the Collège de France, is the world's foremost authority on early Qur'an manuscripts and a leading scholar of the history of the Arabic book. His many publications include Islamic codicology: An introduction to the study of manuscripts in the Arabic scriipt (2006), Qur'ans of the Umayyads (2014), and Le transmission écrite du Coran dans les débuts de l'Islam: le codex Parisino-Petropolitanus (2009), among many others. His work has done much to clarify how the Qur'an text was first transmitted, and have established a categorization of the earliest manuscripts dating to the seventh and eighth centuries CE.