The Meaning of the Word: Lexicology and Quranic Exegesis

Hardcover | August 23, 2015

EditorS. R. Burge

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The basic intention of Qur'anic exegesis (tafsir) is to understand what the text of the Qur'an means. Before attempting to understand anything of the Qur'anic worldview, its theology and ethical values, there is a need for exegetes to engage with the individual words found in the Qur'anitself. Yet, exegetes and translators, whether medieval or modern, have different theological perspectives, which influence how they do this. Many modern scholars have recognised that lexicology plays an important part in exegesis, but there are few studies of how exegetes use it to develop theirinterpretations of the Qur'an or that address lexicology in Qur'anic exegesis in any depth. This volume of essays addresses this gap in the scholarship.The Meaning of the Word provides an overview of the development of lexicological analysis in the tafsir tradition, and examines how exegetes interpreted words in the Qur'an. The contributions reflect on lexicology in Qur'anic exegesis through studies of a wide range of subjects, from linguistics toliterary criticism, and law and gender to mysticism; examinations of the issue of lexicology in the Arab, Persian, Turkish, and European worlds; and studies of the earliest discussions of Qur'anic lexica to those made in twentieth-century Turkey and recent English translations of the Qur'an.

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The basic intention of Qur'anic exegesis (tafsir) is to understand what the text of the Qur'an means. Before attempting to understand anything of the Qur'anic worldview, its theology and ethical values, there is a need for exegetes to engage with the individual words found in the Qur'anitself. Yet, exegetes and translators, whether med...

Stephen R. Burge is Research Associate at Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. He is the author of Angels in Islam: Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti's al-Haba'ik fi akhbar al-mala'ik (Routledge, 2012).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:August 23, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceNotes on ContributorsNotes on Transliteration, Conventions, and AbbreviationsIntroductory Chapter1. S. R. Burge: Words, Hemeneutics, and the Construction of MeaningLexicology and the Formative Period of Qur'anic Exegesis2. Kees Versteegh: In Search of Meaning: Lexical Explanation in Early Qur'anic Commentaries3. Herbert Berg: Lexicological Hadith and the 'School' of Ibn 'Abbas4. Christopher Melchert: The Interpretation of Three Qur'anic Terms (siyaha, hikma and siddiq) of Special Interest to the Early RenunciantsLexical Methodologies in Action: Four Case Studies5. Claude Gilliot: The Use of Lexicography in the Great Qur'anic commentary of Wahidi (d. 468/1076)6. S. R. Burge: Authority and the Defence of Readings in Medieval Qur'anic Exegesis: Lexicology and the Case of Falaq (Q. 113:1)7. Devin Stewart: Poetic License and the Qur'anic Names of Hell: The Treatment of Cognate Substitution in al-Raghib al-Isfahani's Qur'anic Lexicon8. Toby Mayer: Paradoxes in Shahrastani's Lexicological MethodologyWords, Interpretation, and Legal Disputes9. Agostino Cilardo: From Qur'an to Fiqh: Sunni and Shi'i Tafsir on the Inheritance Verses and the 'Named' Cases (al-masail al-mulaqqaba)10. Ayesha S. Chaudhry: Marital Discord in Qur'anic Exegesis: A Lexical Analysis of Husbandly and Wifely Nushic in Q. 4:34 and Q. 4:12811. M. Brett Wilson: The Optional Ramadan Fast: Debating Q. 2:184 in the Early Turkish RepublicThe Word in Translation: Medieval and Modern Disputes12. Travis Zadeh: The Persian Fatiha of Salman al-Farisi and the Debates over Translating the Qur'an13. Stefan Wild: The Qur'an Today: Translating the TranslatableBibliographyIndex of Qur'anic CitationsGeneral Index