Muslim Qur’anic Interpretation Today
Media, Genealogies and Interpretive Communities
Johanna Pink [+–]
University of Freiburg
This book takes a comprehensive look at the ways in which Muslims interpret the Qurʾān today and at the themes and structural conditions that shape their engagement with their sacred scripture. Muslim Qurʾānic interpretation Today includes boldly innovative approaches as well as staunchly traditional ones. They are represented and performed in all types of media and target a wide variety of audiences. The book aims at making sense of these diverse phenomena by combining an analytical overview of the field with detailed case studies of exegetical texts and media from the 2000s and 2010s.
The first part offers a comprehensive introductory survey of the field of contemporary Muslim Qurʾānic interpretation. It provides a fresh perspective on present-day discourses by emphasising the historical, social, and political dimensions in which they take place. The second part presents samples from recent exegetical works that exemplify larger themes such as media, interpretive methods, and the diversity of the global Muslim community. Commentaries on the texts and their authors help to contextualise the samples and highlight core themes and features of contemporary exegetical debates.
Taken together, the two parts of the book can be read as a spotlight on Muslim Qurʾānic interpretation in a specific period of time, a time of great challenges and tremendous social transformations, some of them obvious and some of them rarely noted.
Series: Themes in Qur'anic Studies
Table of Contents
Part One: Qur’anic Interpretation Today: A History of the Present
Part Two: Contemporary Readings of the Qur’an: An Anthology
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