Arthur Jeffery was a Professor of Semitic Languages at Columbia University and at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Jeffery wrote many articles and books during his career and conducted extensive research, searching the Middle East for manuscripts. His most important works include Materials for the history of the text of the Qur'an: the old codices... and The Foreign Vocabulary of the Qur'an, which traces the origins of 275 foreign (non-Arabic) words found in the Qur'an.
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