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date: 07 July 2020

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This chapter gives an overview of the state of scholarship on classical Qur’anic hermeneutics with an emphasis on applied hermeneutics as evidenced in Qur’anic commentaries (tafsīr); it focuses on a period that roughly starts in the fourth/tenth century and that continues to be relevant until today although major shifts started to occur from the eighth/fourteenth century onwards. Beginning with an outline of the specificities and constraints of the genre of tafsīr, the chapter then proceeds to deal with the importance of external structures like hadith, theological dogma, and philology, discussing the place of tafsīr in a wider disciplinary context. It also asks about the role of piety in Qur’anic exegesis and its relevance for Qur’anic hermeneutics.

Keywords: Qur’an tafsīr, hermeneutics, hadith, scripturalism, Arab philology

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