at once admit that your Bible has not been corrupted.
C. Before asking us to do that, you should produce the original MS. of the Qur'an,
written by Muhammad, upon whom you assert that it descended 1.
33. M. At least we have no various readings in our glorious Qur'an, as you have
in the Bible.
C. You have not so many, though it would be easy to point out a few 2.
But as the text of your Qur'an is so much more recent than that of the Bible, as it forms
a book so much smaller, and as it rests entirely upon the authority of a single MS., it is
not strange that you have so few various readings 3. [In the Mishkatu'l
Masabih, chapter iii, we are informed that, by the command of the Khalifah Abu Bakr,
the Qur'an was "collected" by Zaid ibn Thabit "from palm leaves 4
and stones and