Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 07 July 2020

Abstract and Keywords

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

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.