Prof. François Déroche is a remarkable scholar of Qur’anic manuscripts. Here is an interview from the International Qur’anic Studies Association.
By Dr. Keith Small
Prof. François Déroche, one of the leading scholars in Arabic manuscript studies, has a new book due out this October: Qur’ans of the Umayyads, A Preliminary Overview, (Leiden, Brill, 2013, 226+46 ill. ISBN 9789004255654). Early Qur’anic manuscript studies is a lively and growing discipline in the academy, and Déroche’s contributions have been essential reading—substantial in providing a framework for understanding the development of the Qur’anic manuscript tradition during the Umayyad and Abbasid eras. This new book promises to bring into focus the current state of knowledge of this very early stage in the Qur’an’s manuscript tradition. I had the privilege of asking him some questions about his new book on behalf of IQSA.
Just for some background information for our readers, what is current your position in Paris?
The direct translation is: “Director of studies at the EPHE, Department of historical and philological sciences”; it involves teaching…
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