RGS 430 Methodology of Qur’anic Exegesis (Usul al-Tafsir)

RGS 430 Methodology of Qur’anic Exegesis (Usul al-Tafsir)

RGS 430 Methodology of Qur’anic Exegesis (Usul al-Tafsir)

This course introduces students to the methodology of Qur’anic exegesis. The concept of revelation, the importance of occasions of revelation for exegesis, the concept of abrogation, and a set of tools used in textual analysis will be discussed. The history of the development of Qur’anic exegetical method and its evolution over time to produce a rich literature of exegetical works will also be addressed. In addition, modern exegetical issues concerning the Qur’an will be investigated together with a critical evaluation of how the modern history of the Muslim world influenced contemporary exegetical works.