What's New and Updated?

Updates for the years 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.


25th December 2001

What exactly did the term "original text" of the New Testament mean in the past? What does it mean now? What is the relation of "original text" to the concept of "Canon" of the New Testament? The precise nature of this term is dealt with in the article The Multivalence Of The Term "Original Text" In New Testament Textual Criticism, (E. Jay Epps, Harvard Theological Review, 1999, Volume 92, No. 3. pp. 245-281).

This article is interesting because it clearly outlines the problem with ever-elusive "original text" of the New Testament and consequently the issue of what constitutes the "canon".

The article is added in Textual Integrity Of The Bible.


18th December 2001

A new section The Qira'at In The Qur'anic Manuscripts is launched. We begin with some recent research in deciphering the Qira'at in the early Qur'anic manuscripts containing dotting as well as those devoid of dots. Notably is a first century manuscript in Hijazi script where just the consonantal structure was used to get the information of the Qira'at in which it was written.

The same information is also added at Rectitation Of The Qur'an In Various Qira'at & Related Issues.

More information on Vat. Ar. 1605, a Qur'anic manuscript from first century of hijra at Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, is added.


14th December 2001

Vat. Ar. 1605, a Qur'anic manuscript in Makkan script from first century of hijra at Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana [Vatican Library] is added.

The new material is added in the section The Qur'anic Manuscripts.


1st December 2001

Three Qur'anic Manuscripts in Kufic script, two from the beginning of 2nd century of Hijra, viz., A Perg. 203 and A Perg. 201 and one from the middle of 2nd century of Hijra, viz., A Perg. 186 are added.

The article On The Origins Of Kufic Script is updated with a new section Kufic Qur'anic Manuscripts From First & Second Centuries Of Hijra. This provides almost a complete refutation of the claims of Christian missionaries about the appearance of Kufic script and hence the Kufic Qur'ans.

All the new material is added in the section The Qur'anic Manuscripts.


14th November 2001

Three Qur'anic Manuscripts from 2nd century of Hijra, viz., A Perg. 27, A Perg. 202 and A Perg. 207 are added in the section The Qur'anic Manuscripts.


3rd November 2001

Two Qur'anic Manuscripts, one from 1st century (A Perg 2) and the other from the beginning of 2nd century of Hijra (A Perg 213) are added in the section The Qur'anic Manuscripts.

A small addition in the reference and notes section of the article The Qiblah Of Early Mosques: Jerusalem Or Makkah? The argument is left untouched.


21st October 2001

To Moo Or Not To Moo, That Is The Question! is updated with a reference from Encyclopedia Of Islam. This reference explicitly mentions that both Pirke De-Rabbi Eli'ezer and Midrash Tanhuma post-Islamic compilations.


14th October 2001

What Is The Source Of The Story Of Cain & Abel In The Qur'an: Pirke De-Rabbi Eli'ezer Or Midrash Tanhuma? This is a complete refutation of the claim of Christian missionaries about the Qur'anic story of Cain and Abel.

This is added in the section Refutation Of The Borrowing Theories Of The Qur'an.


28th September 2001

We start a new section Recitation Of The Qur'an In Various Qira'at & Related Issues.

This section contains information about The Ten Readers & Their Transmitters of the Qira'at, Biographies Of Some Professional Reciters Of The Qur'an From Egypt and Qur'anic Recitation In Various Qira'at in Real Audio. The latter had been one of the major projects undertaken by Islamic Awareness.


25th August 2001

The article On The Origins Of Kufic Script is updated with an addition of a reference of Christian missionary Steven Masood.


23rd August 2001

The Qiblah Of Early Mosques: Jerusalem Or Makkah?. This article is an analysis of the claim of Crone and Cook and a Christian missionary about the early mosques in Iraq and Egypt.

This article is added in the section Dome Of The Rock.


6th August 2001

New Search Page has been introduced. 

After moving our site to a different server the search page stopped working. This has now been corrected.


18th April 2001

The Ten Wise Jews: Source Of The Qur'an? is updated with an addition of refutation of the claim of Geiger that the man mentioned in 16:103 is ‘Abdullah ibn Salam and that he taught the Prophet(P).


12th April 2001

We begin a new section on Dome Of The Rock. We all know that ‘Abd al-Malik built Dome of the Rock. Did ‘Abd al-Malik Build Dome Of The Rock To Divert The Hajj From Makkah?

A better image of "Surah al-Wilayah" is added in Surah al-Nurayn & Surah al-Wilayah: Their Authenticity & Literary Style.


1st April 2001

In the article The Content And Context Of Early Arabic Inscriptions, (R. G. Hoyand, 1997, Jerusalem Studies In Arabic And Islam, Volume 21, p. 77-102) Hoyland discusses the content and context of the inscriptions from various parts of Islamic world and reaches a conclusion opposite to that of narrowly focused work of Nevo and others.

This is added in The Islamic Inscriptions section.


22nd March 2001

In the article Prophet Muhammad's(P) Night Journey To Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa - The Farthest Mosque the sub-section What Is A Masjid? is updated with linguistic and legal points of view surrounding the word "masjid".


8th March 2001

In the article Study Of The Qur'an, (Mustansir Mir, Renaissance, 2000, Volume 10, No. 1) Professor Mustansir Mir uses the verse 2:251 to show Qur'anic ijaz as well as to draw attention to the historical events related to the verse.


3rd March 2001

Addition of two new inscriptions (I, II) from first century of Hijra in the sub-section Inscriptions Containing The Qur'an in The Islamic Inscriptions section.


28th February 2001

We start a new sub-section on Inscriptions Containing The Qur'an in The Islamic Inscriptions section. Four inscriptions (I, II, III, IV) from 1st century of Hijra containing the Qur'anic verses are added.


27th February 2001

A new reference is added in Nevo & Negev Inscriptions: The Use & Abuse Of The Evidence that specifically refutes the claim of the revisionists Nevo, Koren and others.


7th February 2001

Alhamdulillah, we are back after our annual break.

Prophet Muhammad's(P) Night Journey To Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa - The Farthest Mosque deals with the contradictions generated by the Christian missionaries.


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