Razi: Master of Quranic Interpretation and Theological Reasoning

Hardcover | December 12, 2014

byTariq Jaffer

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Fakhr al-Din al-Razi (1148 - 1210) wrote prolifically in the disciplines of theology, Quranic exegesis, and philosophy. He composed treatises on jurisprudence, medicine, physiognomy, astronomy, and astrology. His body of work marks a momentous turning point in the Islamic tradition and hisinfluence within the post-classical Islamic tradition is striking. After his death in 1210 his works became standard textbooks in Islamic institutions of higher learning. Razi investigates his transformative contributions to the Islamic intellectual tradition. One of the leading representatives of Sunni orthodoxy in medieval Islam, Razi was the first intellectual to exploit the rich heritage of ancient and Islamic philosophy to interpret the Quran. Jaffer uncovers Razi's boldly unconventional intellectual aspirations. The book elucidates the developmentof Razi's unique appropriation of methods and ideas from ancient and Islamic philosophy into a unified Quranic commentary - and consequently into the Sunni worldview.Jaffer shows that the genre of Quranic commentary in the post-classical period contains a wealth of philosophical material that is of major interest for the history of philosophical ideas in Islam and for the interaction of the aqli ("rational") and naqli ("traditional") sciences in Islamiccivilization. Jaffer demonstrates the ways Razi reconciled the opposing intellectual trends of his milieu on major methodological conflicts. A highly original work, this book brilliantly repositions the central aims of Razi's intellectual program.

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Fakhr al-Din al-Razi (1148 - 1210) wrote prolifically in the disciplines of theology, Quranic exegesis, and philosophy. He composed treatises on jurisprudence, medicine, physiognomy, astronomy, and astrology. His body of work marks a momentous turning point in the Islamic tradition and hisinfluence within the post-classical Islamic tra...

Tariq Jaffer is Assistant Professor of Religion at Amherst College.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 0.79 inPublished:December 12, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199947996

ISBN - 13:9780199947997

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Forging a New Methodology2. Devising Rules of Exegesis3. Reconciling Reason ('Aql) and Transmitted Knowledge (Naql)4. Interpreting the Intellect and Light5. Interpreting the Soul and SpiritBibliographyIndex