Aims, Methods and Contexts of Quranic Exegesis (2nd/8th-9th/15th Centuries)

Hardcover | December 18, 2013

byKaren Bauer

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Medieval interpretations of the Qur'an often serve as points of reference for Muslim thought; yet Qur'an commentaries were shaped not only by the Qur'an itself, but also by their authors' ideological viewpoints, their theories of interpretation, their methods, and the conventions of the genre.This volume is the first to focus solely on the complicated relationship between exegetes' theoretical aims, their practical methods of writing, and the historical and intellectual contexts of Qur'an commentaries (tafsir). Experts in various aspects of the Qur'an and its interpretation have contributed essays, spanning the 2nd/8th to the 9th/15th centuries, the period in which the commentarial tradition developed and flourished. They emphasise the ways in which geography, human networks, hermeneutical systems andgenre boundaries affected the writing of these texts. This volume offers fresh analytical perspectives and addresses new methods for the study of tafsir..It also provides resources for scholars, by including editions and translations of the introductions to al-Basit of Abi al-Waidi(d. 486/1076) and the Tahdhib i Tafsir al-Qur'an al-Qur'an of al-Hakim al-Jishumi (d. 494/1101), as well as translated selections from the introduction to the tafsir of'Abd al-Razzaq al-Kahani (d. 736/1336). The detailed studies in this volume will help scholars and students alike to comprehend accurately the purpose and content of Qur'an commentaries individually and as a genre.

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Medieval interpretations of the Qur'an often serve as points of reference for Muslim thought; yet Qur'an commentaries were shaped not only by the Qur'an itself, but also by their authors' ideological viewpoints, their theories of interpretation, their methods, and the conventions of the genre.This volume is the first to focus solely on...

Dr Karen Bauer is Research Associate, Qur'anic Studies at The Institute of Ismaili Studies in the UK.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:December 18, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1: The Aims of Tafsir1. Feras Hamza: Tafsir and Unlocking the Historical Qur'an: Back to Basics?2. Karen Bauer: The Aims of Tafir, According to Introductions, 10th-12th Centuries3. Walid A. Saleh: The Introduction of al-Basit of al-Wahidi: An Edition, Translation and Commentary4. Suleiman A. Mourad: Toward a Reconstruction of the Mu'tazili Tradition of Qur'anic Exegesis: Reading the Introduction of the Tahdhib of al-Hakim al-Jishumi (d. 494/1101)2: Methods and Sources of Tafsir5. Robert Gleave: Early Shi'i Hermeneutics: Some Exegetical Techniques Attributed to the Shi'i Imams6. Andrew Rippin: The Construction of the Arabian Historical Context in Muslim Interpretation of the Qur'an7. Roberto Tottoli: Methods and Contexts in the Use of Hadiths and Traditions in Classical Tafsir Literature: The Exegesis of Q. 21:85 and Q. 17:18. Martin Nguyen: Letter by Letter: Tracing the Textual Genealogy of a Sufi Tafsir9. Tariq Jaffer: Fakhr al-Din al-Razis System of Inquiry: Doubt and the Transmission of Knowledge10. Ludmila Zamah: Master of the Obvious: Understanding Zahir Interpretations in Qur'anic Exegesis11. Stephen Burge: Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti, the Mu'awwidhatan and the Modes of Exegesis3: Contextualizing Tafsir12. Claude Gilliot: A Schoolmaster, Storyteller, Exegete, and Warrior at Work in Khurasan: al-Dahhak b. Muzahiim al-Hilali (d. 106/inc. 29 May 724)13. Michael E. Pregill: Methodologies for the Dating of Exegetical Works and Traditions: Can the Lost Tafsir of al-Kalbi be Recovered from Tafsir Ibn 'Abbas (a.k.a. Al-Wadih)?Bibliography