Introduction to Quranic Exegesis and Interpretation
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, so as to avoid erring in one’s understanding. At the introductory level, it is important to gain 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.
Mabadi fi Usul Al-Tafsir by Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi
About the Text:
Mabadi fi Usul al-Tafsir is part of a series of five books written by Shaykh Akram Nadwi in order to introduce the sciences of Quran, Hadith, Fiqh and Arabic language. The book provides an introduction to Usul al-Tafsir in a concise yet comprehensive way making a suitable book for a beginner.
During the course the primary text will be read in Arabic along with its translation, commentary and relevance to the wider field. There will be an encouragement for the teaching to be interactive, with questions both posed to the students and welcomed from them.
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Understand the history of the development of Quranic exegesis.
- Understand the Quran through a methodical approach to its interpretation.
- Understand the terminology and general principles used in Quranic exegesis.
- Analyse and evaluate interpretations of the Quran in text and other literature.
- Apply exegetical methods to the interpretation of the Qur’an.
- Recognise different exegetical types.
- Introduction to the methodology of Quranic exegesis
- Historic development of Quranic exegesis
- The notion of wahy (revelation)
- Transmission of the Quranic revelation
- Form, structure and coherence of the Quran
- Occasions of revelation (asbab al-nuzul) and Isra’iliyyat
- Muhkam and mutashabih (clear and ambiguous verses) and the notion of naskh (abrogation)
- Western scholarship of the Quran
- The concept of abrogation
- The different readings (qira’at)
- Categories of Qur’anic rhetoric
- The inimitability (i’jaz) of the Qur’an
- The distinction between Meccan and Medinan surahs.
- The fundamental thematic meanings contained within the Qur’an