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Introduction to Quranic Exegesis and Interpretation


Course Overview

The study of usul al-tafsir (the principles of Quranic exegesis) is part of the broader subject of ‘ulum al-Quran. The goal is to become acquainted with the essential aspects of the Scripture and rules of interpretation, to facilitate a deeper and more accurate understanding of Allah’s book.

The course provides an overview of the main features of the sacred text and the disciplines that are connected to it, so as to lay the foundation for the technical studies to follow.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the history of the development of Quranic exegesis
  • Analyse and evaluate interpretations of the Quran in text and other literature
  • Recognise different exegetical types
  • Understand the form, structure, and coherence of the Quran
  • Differentiate between muhkam and mutashabih (clear and ambiguous verses)
  • Understand the notion of naskh (abrogation)

Course Reviews


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  1. An enriching introduction


    Our shaykh’s introduction to usul al-tafsir is intelligible and his personnel opinions motivate you to further study the subject.

  2. Must Watch!!!


    Excellent course outlining the most important aspects of the Qur’an one should have knowledge of. By far the best course I’ve undertaken thus far. Highly recommended to understand the history of the Qur’an, its compilation, tafseer, scholars of tafseer etc.

  3. Informative


    Excellent course as always, Shaikh Akram Nadwi.

  4. A Helpful Guide


    Salam. As an Arabic student and just started my journey with Quran study seriously, I have been benefiting from this course in order to get myself familiar with the Usul Al-Tafsir. I was searching for the basic, if not the right, tafseer and Alhamdulillah, Sheikh mentioned it here from among the classical, modern, methodical and literary perspectives. Besides, it takes to the deep of my heart to realise how strict he is with following the Quran and Sunnah in the process of learning Kalamullah even though there’re opinions that say otherwise about him. In addition, this course makes me feel that I should be ready to think properly, analyse accurately and inshaAllah address the issue accordingly so that others and myself are then applying the understanding of Al-Quran into our own circumstances. Hence, it will appear to us how timelessly guiding Quran is.Alhamdulillah. May Allah preserve and bless Sheikh and us all, ameen.

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