Mu??af and the Material Boundaries of the Qur’an

Authors

  • Natalia K. Suit University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/post.v6i1-3.143

Keywords:

Materiality, Qur'an

Abstract

Mushaf is what Muslims call the physical body of the Qur'an, its pages, binding, and print. Scholars traditionally focused on the textual analysis of the Qur'ân as theological, political, historical or literary productions, favoring a semantic dimension of the text and detaching it from its materiality. In this article, I propose to shift our attention from the understanding of the Qur'ân exclusively as message to its material existence as mushaf in the hands of its manufacturers and users in order to highlight the process through which the status of the Qur'ân as a sacred message is negotiated.

Author Biography

Natalia K. Suit, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Department of Anthropology, Graduate Student.

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Published

2012-06-27

How to Cite

Suit, N. K. (2012). Mu??af and the Material Boundaries of the Qur’an. Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts, Cultural Histories, and Contemporary Contexts, 6(1-3), 143–163. https://doi.org/10.1558/post.v6i1-3.143

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