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Al-Muqaddimah fi Usul al-Tafsir


Course Overview


This course focuses on the essential principles of Qur’anic exegesis posited by Ibn Taymiyyah in small treatise, ‘Al-Muqaddimah fi Usul al-Tafsir’ or ‘An Introduction to the Principles of Qur’an Interpretation’.

The text promotes a methodological framework of Tafsir that provides exegetes with the tools and principles to understand and unravel the Divine intent behind Quranic verses. The course also places emphasis on understanding the thinking process of the author and providing a comparative study of his work. It has proven to be a unique work in that, despite its conciseness, this small work of scholarship has been quoted by Qur’anic scholars from the earliest times like Ibn Kathir and Al-Suyuti up until the present day.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Understand different sources of Tafsir, from the Quran itself, to the Prophet, Companions and successors
  • Recognise ideological and sectarian biases in Tafsir works
  • Evaluate the pros and cons of  different genres of Tafsir


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