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Old 08-17-2016, 01:54 AM
Location: Not-a-Theist
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Where Muslims often claimed there is a 'Science of Ahadith' regarding its transmission, surprisingly there is also a 'Science of the Transmission of the Quran'.

Therefore, we need to realise that the Qur'an has been passed down to us from men called the "Readers". They were famous reciters of the Qur'an in the early centuries of Islam.
The way these men recited the Qur'an was formally recorded in textual form by other men called the "Transmitters".
There are in fact more Readers and Transmitters than those listed above. The table below lists the ten commonly accepted Readers, their transmitted versions, and their current area of use.

What the above means is that the Qur'an has come to us through many transmitted versions. You cannot recite or read the Qur'an except through one of these versions. Each version has its own chain of narrators (isnad) like a hadith.
There are more versions than those listed above but they are not considered authentic because their chain of narration is considered weak. Not all of these versions are printed or used today, but several are.
For details read the following article;
The Different Arabic Versions of the Qur'an - Are all Qur'ans the same?
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