An Anthology of Qur'anic Commentaries: Volume 1: On the Nature of the Divine

ISBN : 9780199600595

Feras Hamza; Sajjad Rizvi; Farhana Mayer
688 Pages
157 x 244 mm
Pub date
Oct 2010
Qur'anic Studies Series
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This pioneering volume, the first in a series, presents a plurality of voices, methods and concerns in Qur'anic interpretation ranging from the 8th century to the present day. No previous work has drawn on such a comprehensive range of commentaries and covered such a wide spectrum of theological approaches. On the Nature of the Divine analyses the works of Sunni, Shi'i, Ibadi, Mu'tazili, and Sufi commentators on six Qur'anic verses, revealing varied approaches to the scripture and its meaning. In their attempts to discern God's nature, the commentators inevitably introduce their theological concerns. Contextual introductions and annotated translations allow the reader to follow the genesis of key intellectual debates and religio-political attitudes still relevant to the lives of Muslims today. This combination of previously untranslated texts and extensive annotation provides an invaluable and innovative contribution to the field of Islamic Studies.


Map of Centres of Learning in the Islamic World
The Commentators and their Commentaries
1. Seeking the Face of God (Q. 2:115)
2. God's Throne and the Seat of Knowledge (Q. 2:255)
3. Incumbent Mercy (Q. 6:12)
4. Light of the Heavens and the Earth (Q. 24:35)
5. The Measure (Q. 54: 49)
6. Oneness (Q. 112:1-2)
Prosopographical Appendix
Index of Qur'anic Citations

About the author: 

Feras Hamza, Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, American University in Dubai; Sajjad Rizvi, Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Director of MA in Islamic Studies and Centre of Islamic Philosophy, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter; Farhana Mayer, Editor in the Qur'anic Studies Unit at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London

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