Tafsir and Islamic Intellectual History: Exploring the Boundaries of a Genre

Hardcover | March 4, 2015

EditorAndreas Gorke, Johanna Pink

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How and when did Qur'anic exegesis (tafsir) emerge as a literary genre of its own? To what extent was it influenced by other disciplines, such as law, theology or philosophy? How did different political or theological agendas shape works of tafsir, and in what ways did the genre develop overtime and in different regions? These are some of the major questions which this book seeks to address.This book constitutes the first comprehensive attempt at describing the genre of Qur'anic exegesis in its broader intellectual context. Its aim is to provide a framework for understanding the boundaries of tafsir and its interaction with other disciplines of learning, as well as the subgenres andinternal divisions within the genre. It discusses the emergence of the genre in the beginnings of Islamic history and the changes and potential ruptures it has experienced in later times, the role of hadith, law, language, philosophy, theology and political ideology for the interpretive process, theregional dimension, the influx of modernist ideas and the process of writing tafsir in languages other than Arabic. Among the fifteen authors who have contributed to the volume are leading scholars in the field as well as young researchers, which makes for a unique and fresh perspective on a field that has long been reduced to its instrumental value for understanding the Qur'an. Covering the time from theformation of Qur'anic exegesis until the present, it is a valuable resource for advanced students and scholars in the field.

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How and when did Qur'anic exegesis (tafsir) emerge as a literary genre of its own? To what extent was it influenced by other disciplines, such as law, theology or philosophy? How did different political or theological agendas shape works of tafsir, and in what ways did the genre develop overtime and in different regions? These are some...

Andreas Gorke is Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He earned his Dr. Phil. from the University of Hamburg in 2001 and his Habilitation from the University of Basel in 2010. He has worked as lecturer and researcher at the Universities of Hamburg and Basel, the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), Freie...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:March 4, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Johanna Pink and Andreas Gorke: IntroductionI: The Formation of Boundaries: Early Evolution of the Genre1. Catherine Bronson: Eve in the Formative Period of Islamic Exegesis: Intertextual Boundaries and Hermeneutic Demarcations2. Claude Gilliot: Mujahid's Exegesis: Beginnings, Ways of Transmission and Development of a Meccan Exegetical Tradition in its Human, Spiritual and Theological Environment3. Nicolai Sinai: The Qur'anic Commentary of Muqatil b. Sulayman and the Evolution of Early Tafsir LiteratureII: Disciplinary Boundaries and their Permeation: The Place of Tafsir in Islamic Scholarship4. Roberto Tottoli: Interrelations and Boundaries between Tafsir and Hadith Literature: The Exegesis of Malik b. Anas' Muwatta? and Classical Qur'anic Commentaries5. Ignacio Sanchez: Shafi Hemeneutics and Qur'anic Interpretation in al-Jahiz's Kiab al-Uthmaniyya6. Rebecca Sauer: Tafsir between Law and Exegesis: The Case of Q. 49:9III: Boundaries of Dogma and Theology: The Expression of Ideas through Tafsir7. Nejmeddine Khalfallah: Al-Jurjani Exegesis Theory between Linguistics and Theological Dogma8. Abdessamad Belhaj: Interpretation and Reasoning in al-Qadi 'Abd al-Jabbar's Qur'anic Hermeneutics9. Neguin Yavari: Tafsir and The Mythology of Islamic FundamentalismIV: Reassessing Conventional Boundaries: Chronology, Geography, Media and Authorship10. Johanna Pink: Where Does Modernity Begin? Mujammad al-Shawkani and the Tradition of Tafsir11. Andreas Gorke: Redefining the Borders of Tafsir: Oral Exegesis, Lay Exegesis and Regional Particularities12. Andrea Brigagli: Tafsir and the Intellectual History of Islam in West AfricaV: An Expansion of Boundaries: The Tafsir Tradition in Modern Times13. Kathrin Klausing: Two Twentieth-century Exegetes between Traditional Scholarship and Modern Thought: Gender Concepts in the Tafsirs of Mujammad Husayn Tabataba and al-Tahir b. Ashur14. Kathrin Eith: Yasar Nuri Ozturk: A Contemporary Turkish Tafsir Theorist15. Andrew Rippin: The Contemporary Translation of Classical Works Of Tafsir