The History of the Qur’anic Text from Revelation to Compilation by Mawlana Muhammad Mustafa al-A’zami


By Muhammad Mustafa Al-A’zami. Leicester: UK Islamic Academy,

Review by Murad Hoffman

From its very beginning, Islam has been under attack not only physically but academically. Christian demagogues like John of Damascus, Peter the Venerable, Raymundus Lull, and Martin Luther later were followed by infamous Jewish, Christian or secularist Orientalists like Julius Wellhausen, Gustav Flügel, Theodor Nöldeke, Ignaz Goldziher, Alphonse Mingana, Snouck Hurgronje or Joseph Schacht. They all did their best to prove that Islam was a corrupted Jewish-Christian copy, based on forged ahadith, without any originality or saving grace.

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[Thanks to our dear brother, Ali Godil sahib, we were able to acquire the pdf of the actual book. Ali Godil wrote to us: “This book in spite of its value, remains obscure to most Muslim readership and at a steep price of 50 dollars, is perhaps out of reach of some of those who wish to purchase it.  I stumbled across a pdf copy at the following link: ]

16 thoughts on “The History of the Qur’anic Text from Revelation to Compilation by Mawlana Muhammad Mustafa al-A’zami

  1. You might also want to refer to the legendary Uncleji, Mustansir Mir’s rather objective and less forgiving review. I like the line of skepticism he uses.


  2. Jazak Allah

    Would it be ok to place some of the information from the book, with reference on a website, or would there be an issue with copyright?

  3. Assalaamu ‘alaykum,

    I’m reading the book “The History Of The Quranic Text – From Revelation To Compilation” By M. M. Al-Azami, and it seems that pages 267 to 298 are missing (a total of 33 pages)… Instead the book has repeated pages 235 to 267 again….

    So the page numbers go from 1-267, then 235-267, then 298 till the end…

    Has anyone else got this book? If so, is it the same for the copy they have?

    • I have the edition published by the UK Islamic Academy (copyright 2003) and I don’t seem to have that problem. The page numbers and content goes straight through. The ISBN number is: 1872531652.

      Maybe it was a one-off printing oddity? Let’s hope so. I love books, and something like that would be a nightmare for both publisher and author (not to mention the reader!).

      • Salam.

        I’ve been looking for the 2003 edition for a long time. All the soft copies online of the 2003 edition of this book have the copyright page missing. :(

        Can you please scan and send me the first few pages of this book, including the copyright page and the front and the back covers?

        May Allah reward you for your efforts, amin.

  4. Being a Khattat myself, I say—Masha Allah the masthead of Qalam and calligraphy is ecstatic and simply elegant.. Your site reflects refinement, and was just waiting to happen, a dream come true. The contents are rare and sought after. What more can a Muslim ask for? May Allah Ta’ala enhance you and all your efforts. Al Hamdulillah.

    • First/1st edition in 2003, by UK Islamic Academy, Leicester, UK.

      Second/2nd edition in 2008, by Azami Publishing House, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

      Second/2nd edition (reprint) in 2011, jointly published by Azami Publishing House, 4441 Abdullah bin Arqam St., Mohammadiyyah, Riyadh 12361-7104, Saudi Arabia; Islamic Book Trust, 607 Mutiara Majestic, Jalan Othman, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia (; Al-Qalam Publishing, 349-52252 Range Road 215, Sherwood Park, Alberta T8E 1B7, Canada (

      First/1st Kindle version (of the second/2nd edition) in 2020. But buy the Kindle/ebook/digital edition from Google Play Books, not from Amazon, because the one on Google Play Books has eISBN in it whereas the one on Amazon doesn’t.

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