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“Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr and his book, al-Tamhīd”, by Prof. Bashar Awwad Marouf

The Centre for the Study of Islamic Manuscripts at Al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation organised a public lecture titled “Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr and his book, al-Tamhīd”, delivered by Prof. Bashar Awwad Marouf. The lecture took place on the evening of Monday 19th February 2018, in the Conference Hall at Dar al-Hadith al-Hassania Institute (Rabat, Morocco).
Prof. Binbine introduced the lecturer and spoke briefly on the topic of the lecture

Dr Marouf commenced by highlighting the significance accorded to al-Tamhīd among scholars, including what some of Ibn ʿAbd al-Barr’s peer and close friend Ibn Hazm thought of the work. The attendees were also treated to a sketch of the author’s life. Other issues raised included the different narrations of al-Muwattaʾ, which was also briefly touched upon, and the early spread of the Mālikī legal school in the lands of Iraq and parts of the Arabian Gulf.
Professor Bashar Awwad Marouf

Dr Marouf then presented and analyzed the methodological steps he had followed in critically editing this book, beginning with gathering and collating the handwritten manuscript copies, up to the stage of creating indexes and bibliographies. One of the more significant findings, Dr Marouf asserted, in relation to his edition of al-Tamhīd, is that there are both early and later drafts, some of which indicated what was later omitted, altered and amended by the author, and what was additional. Dr Marouf subsequently stressed the importance of editing those manuscripts that were “accepted as final” by the author. This issue was later taken by some of the scholars in attendance during the discussions. In the case of al-Tamhīd, Dr Marouf stated that he had found in one of the copies he had examined “an addition that amounted to approximately a volume of 500-600 pages” that had failed to come to the attention of previous editors. Other methodological and good practices included ascertaining the correct way to spell names and places, at which Dr Marouf gave numerous examples; without doing this, Dr Marouf emphasized, the editor’s exercise is rendered futile. Other important factors, particularly with regards to ḥadīth works, is ensuring they are consistent with modern writing, avoided the clipped classical usage of “” in lieu of “ḥadathanā”; and Dr Marouf provided pre-modern examples of such correctionist readings that had appeared in the works of al-Mizzī and other scholars.
From the left: Mr. Mohamed Drioueche, Prof. Ayman Fouad Sayed, Mr Sali Shahsivari and Dr. Mohamed Saeed Hinshi

Extensive discussion and important questions on the themes raised, followed the lecture, which was attended by professors, doctoral students, researchers, and representatives of cultural institutions.
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