The electronic publication presents the first edition of “The Qur'an and Its World” by Efim Rezvan, published in 1996—99 as a series of articles in Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research . Russian enlarged and revised edition [ISBN 978-5-85803-183-3] was published by “Peterburgskoe Vostokovedenie” in 2001. It is richly illustrated (over 100 color and black and white illustrations), approximately one-third larger than the journal variant and contains a CD-ROM which provides an overview of the various traditions of recitation of the Qur’an as well the data-base of the Qur’anic MSS from the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The book won the National Award “Book of the Year” (Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications of Russia and the Publishers' Association of Russia) (2001), received the UNESCO diploma as the best edition making a significant contribution to the culture of peace and nonviolence and dialogue among civilizations (2001) as well as the National Prize “The Book of the Year” of the Islamic Republic of Iran (2002).
Responses to journal publications of individual chapters:
“Fine collection, I am most impressed by it. Waiting for the separate publication.” Prof. Michael Carter, Norway.
“The new impetus for Qur’anic studies.” Prof. Andrew Rippin, Canada.
“My congratulations on your Qur’anic series! I already bound it separately”. Prof. Sergio Noja Noseda, Italy.
“I read it with great interest and attention. Exciting!” Dr. Christoph Heger, Germany.