Die Grenzen der Grammatiker: der Streit um die kanonischen Lesarten des Koranverses قَالُوٓاْ إِنْ هَٰذَانِ لَسَٰحِرَانِ qālū ʾin hāḏāni la-sāḥirāni, Sure 20 (Ṭāhā), Vers 63
This paper investigates the attitudes of different schools of Arab grammarians towards the passage in sūra 20, ʾin hāḏāni la-sāḥirāni (as such in the Cairene textus receptus). Analyzing the approach to the different qirāʾāt (readings) of this passage, three lines of argument emerge: (i) one group of grammarians dismissed any qirāʾāt that did not conform to their own grammatical opinions; (ii) a second group of grammarians cautiously adduced various qirāʾāt as evidence for their own grammatical opinions; (iii) a third group of grammarians assigns a grammatical key value to a qirāʾa with an authentic ʾisnād and argues that such qirāʾāt do not need further argumentative support.
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