SUFI COMMENTARIES ON THE QUR'AN IN CLASSICAL ISLAM
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 Sufi Commentaries On The Quran In Classical Islam
  • Book Author:
Kristin Zahra Sands
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SÁFI COMMENTARIES ON THE QUR1AN IN CLASSICAL ISLAM

The Classical period of Islam, from the tenth to the fifteenth centuries, was the period in which the most influential commentaries on the Qur1an were written. Sufi Commentaries on the Qur1an in Classical Islam looks at the unique contributions of Sufis to this genre and how these contributions fit into the theological and exegetical discussions of the time.

The study begins with an examination of several key hermeneutical assumptions of Suf is, including their understanding of the ambiguous and multivalent nature of the Qur1anic text, the role that both the intellect and spiritual disciplines play in acquiring knowledge of its meanings, and the ever-changing nature of the self which seeks this kind of knowledge.

The second half of the study is an analysis and comparison of the themes and styles of several different commentaries on the Qur1anic story of Musa (Moses) and al-Khadir; the figure of Maryam (The Virgin Mary); and the Light Verse. It demonstrates that, while Sufi interpretation has often been characterized as allegorical, these writings are more notable for their variety of philosophical, visionary, literary, and homiletic styles.

Sufi Commentaries on the Qur1an in Classical Islam is the first comprehensive study of the contributions of Sufis to the genre of commentaries on the Qur1an and is essential reading for those with research interests in Sufism, Qur1anic exegesis and Islam.

Kristin Zahra Sands is a Mellon Fellow and Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Sarah Lawrence College. Her research interests include Sufism, Qur1anic exegesis, and Islam and media.

Contents

  • BOOK COVER……Page 1
  • HALF TITLE……Page 2
  • TITLE……Page 4
  • COPYRIGHT……Page 5
  • CONTENTS……Page 6
  • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS……Page 9
  • INTRODUCTION……Page 10
  • PART I: HERMENEUTICS……Page 14
  • THE QURAN AS THE OCEAN OF ALL KNOWLEDGE……Page 16
  • THE QURANIC TEXT AND AMBIGUITY……Page 23
  • UNCOVERING MEANING: KNOWLEDGE AND SPIRITUAL PRACTICE……Page 38
  • METHODS OF INTERPRETATION……Page 44
  • ATTACKING AND DEFENDING SUFI QURANIC INTERPRETATION……Page 56
  • PART II: COMMENTARY……Page 74
  • SUFI COMMENTATORS ON THE QURAN……Page 76
  • QURANIC VERSES 18:60-82: THE STORY OF MUSA AND AL-KHADIR……Page 88
  • QURANIC VERSES ON MARYAM……Page 106
  • QURAN 24:35 (THE LIGHT VERSE)……Page 119
  • CONCLUSION……Page 145
  • APPENDIX: COMMENTATORS ON THE QURAN……Page 149
  • GLOSSARY OF TERMS……Page 154
  • NOTES……Page 156
  • WORKS CITED……Page 186
  • INDEX OF QURANIC VERSES……Page 195
  • INDEX OF AHADITH AND SAYINGS……Page 198
  • INDEX OF SELECTED NAMES AND TERMS……Page 200
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