Sufi Commentaries on the Qur'an in Classical Islam
By (author) Kristin Sands
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Sufi Commentaries on the Qur'an in Classical Islam by Kristin Sands
Book DescriptionMeeting the ever increasing interest in Islam and Sufism, this book is the first comprehensive study of Sufi Qur'anic commentaries and includes translations of many writings previously unavailable in English. It examines the shared hermeneutical assumptions of Sufi writers and the diversity in style of Sufi commentaries. Some of the assumptions analyzed are: * the Qur'an is a multi-layered and ambiguous text open to endless interpretation * the knowledge of deeper meanings of the Qur'an is attainable by means other than transmitted interpretations and rational thought * the self is dynamic, moving through states and stations which result in different interpretations at different times. The styles of Sufi commentaries are explored, which range from philosophical musings to popular preaching to literary narrative and poetry. Other commentaries from the classical period are also investigated to provide context in understanding Sufi approaches and exegetical styles.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415483148
(234mm x 156mm x 11mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Study of the Sufi Qur'anic commentaries, includes writings translated into English. This book examines the hermeneutical assumptions of Sufis, their views, knowledge, and interpretation. It explores the diverse styles found within the Sufi commentaries, ranging from philosophical literary narrative and poetry to musings and popular preaching.
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Author Biography - Kristin Sands
Sarah Lawrence College, USA
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