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The Qur'an: Modern Muslim Interpretations / Edition 1

The Qur'an: Modern Muslim Interpretations / Edition 1

by Massimo CampaniniMassimo Campanini
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The Qur'an: Modern Muslim Interpretations offers a lucid guide to how Muslims have read the Qur'an in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Massimo Campanini explores early approaches to the understanding of the Qur'an, including that of the Salafis and the construction of the Islamic Renaissance Movement, contrasting the development of traditionalist and 'scientific' interpretations and examining the work of the phenomenologists who followed. This lively book explores the radical ideas of Sayyid Qutb and his followers, a significant part of what is known as political Islamism, and investigates the idea of exegesis as a liberation theology, through the work of Esack and Wadud.

Students taking courses on the interpretation of the Qur'an will find this an invaluable aid to their study, and it is essential reading for all those interested in how Muslims have understood the Qur'an in the contemporary period.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415558303
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/12/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Massimo Campanini is Professor of History of the Arab Countries at the Oriental University in Naples.

Table of Contents

Translator's introduction vi

Introduction: The Qur'an and praxis 1

1 Traditional commentary 8

Salafi commentary 8

Traditionalist commentary 20

"Scientific" commentary 34

2 The Qur'an as text, discourse and structure 42

I The Qur'an as literary text 42

II Historicity of the Qur'an and hermeneutics 48

III Thematic interpretation of the Qur'an 73

IV The Qur'an and Nazm 84

3 Radical exegesis of the Qur'an: Sayyid Qutb 91

4 The Qur'an and the hermeneutics of liberation 105

Appendix: Other areas of Qur'anic exegesis 123

Notes 128

Index 143

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