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Approaches to the Qur'an : SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East - G. R. Hawting

Approaches to the Qur'an

SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East

By: G. R. Hawting (Editor)

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The past twenty years have witnessed a renewed academic interest in the Qur'an and its interpretation, focusing on such questions as how the text of the Qur'an achieved its existing form and its status for Muslims as scripture, its role in Islamic culture, and the various methods and approaches which Muslims have used when attempting to elucidate the meaning of their sacred text. In recent years, however, there have been attempts to widen the field of discussion from the Muslim tradition generally used for interpretation, and to experiment with approaches which develop insights gained from historical, biblical, literary critical and other studies.
The result is that a variety of approaches to the Qur'an and the Muslim exegetical tradition are currently available. "Approaches to the Qur'an" consists of thirteen essays by leading scholars, both Muslim and non-Muslim, in the fields of qur'anic studies and Islamic studies. Taken together, they offer a sample of the aims, methods and topics of enquiry now being pursued. Each study has a full critical apparatus, and a consolidated bibliography is included which will be of great value to students and specialists.

Contributors
Foreword
List of abbreviations
Aspects of the style and content of the Qur'anp. 1
Images and metaphors in the introductory sections of the Makkan surasp. 3
The quranic presentation of the Joseph story: naturalistic or formulaic language?p. 37
Context and internal relationships: keys to quranic exegesisp. 71
Aspects of the traditional and modern exegesis of the Qur'anp. 99
Tafsir from Tabari to Ibn Kathir: problems in the description of a genre, illustrated with reference to the story of Abrahamp. 101
Exegesis and Hadith: the case of the seven Mathanip. 141
An analytical survey of al-Tabari's exegesis of the cultural symbolic construct of fitnap. 157
Akhbari Shi'i approaches to tafsirp. 173
The sura as a unity: a twentieth century development in Qur'an exegesisp. 211
Muhammad 'Izzat Darwaza's principles of modern exegesis: a contribution toward quranic hermeneuticsp. 225
The Qur'an and its exegesis in a wider contextp. 247
Interpreting the Bible through the Qur'anp. 249
Two citations of the Qur'an in 'historical' sources for early Islamp. 260
Law and exegesis: the penalty for adultery in Islamp. 269
The impact of the Qur'an on the epistolography of 'Abd al-Hamidp. 285
Bibliographyp. 314
Indexp. 326
Index of Quranic referencesp. 335
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ISBN: 9780415057554
ISBN-10: 0415057558
Series: SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 8th April 1993
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1