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Died809 CE
Other namesAbu Bakr Shu‘bah Ibn ‘Ayyash Ibn Salim al-Kufi an-Nahshali

Abu Bakr Shu‘bah Ibn ‘Ayyash Ibn Salim al-Asadi al-Kufi an-Nahshali (died 809 CE),[1][2] more commonly known as Shu'bah, is a significant figure in the history of Qur'an reading. He was a native of Kufa.[1][2] Like Hafs, Shu'bah narrated the method of reading from Aasim ibn Abi al-Najud,[3][4][5][6] though the reading of Hafs is more well known in the Muslim world today.[7]

Shady Nasser quotes ad-Dhahabi as bringing a report that Shu'bah rejected the reading of his contemporary Hamzah az-Zaiyyat as bid'ah.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, vol. 4, p. 390. Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2004. ISBN 9789004123557
  2. ^ a b Abu Dawood, Sunan Abu Dawood, vol. 3, p. 1113. of Trns. Ahmad Hasan. Sh. M. Ashraf, 1984.
  3. ^ Aḥmad ʻAlī Imām, Variant Readings of the Qurʼan: A Critical Study of Their Historical and Linguistic Origins, p. 159. Herndon: International Institute of Islamic Thought, 1998. ISBN 9781565642300
  4. ^ Shady Hekmat Nasser, The Transmission of the Variant Readings of the Qurʾān: The Problem of Tawātur and the Emergence of Shawādhdh, pp. 132 & 135. Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2012. ISBN 9789004241794
  5. ^ Muhammad Taqi Usmani, An Approach to the Qurānic Sciences, p. 219. Darul Ishaʼat, 2000.
  6. ^ Theodor Nöldeke, Friedrich Schwally, Gotthelf Bergsträsser, and Otto Pretzl, The History of the Qurʾān, p. 530. Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2013. ISBN 9789004228795
  7. ^ Bewley, Aishah. "The Seven Qira'at of the Qur'an" Archived 2006-05-01 at the Wayback Machine, Aisha Bewley's Islamic Home Page
  8. ^ Nasser, The Transmission of the Variant Readings of the Qurʾān, p. 58.
  9. ^ al-Dhahabi, Ma'rifat al-Qurra al-Kibar, 1/250-259