Philosophical Perspectives on Modern Qur'anic Exegesis - Key Paradigms and Concepts - Massimo Campanini

Philosophical Perspectives on Modern Qur'anic Exegesis - Key Paradigms and Concepts - Massimo Campanini

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Philosophical Perspectives on Modern Qur'anic Exegesis - Key Paradigms and Concepts - Massimo Campanini

Massimo Campanini [+-]
University of Trento
Massimo Campanini was born in Milan in 1954. He graduated in philosophy at the University of Milan in 1977 with a thesis on Giordano Bruno’s thought. Later he obtained a degree in Arabic at the Institute for the Middle and Far East of Milan in 1984. Lecturer in history and institutions of the Muslim world at the University of Urbino and of Arabic culture at the University of Milan; reader in History of Islamic countries at the Oriental University in Naples; presently, he is Associate professor of Islamic studies at the University of Trento. He published about 100 scientific articles and 30 books, a few of them translated in Spanish, Portuguese and Serbo-croatian. In English he published The Qur’an: The Basics 2nd edition (Routledge 2016), Introduction to Islamic Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press 2008) and The Qur’an: Modern Muslim Interpretations (Routledge 2011).

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The book explores the conditions of possibility of a contemporary (and potentially future) hermeneutics of the Qur’an. The hermeneutical key of the future proposed here is philosophy, starting from the presupposition that the Qur’an can be studied as a philosophical book. Thus the analysis is theoretical more than historical. Many philosophers commented the Qur’an. Many philosophers supported their theories by resorting to the Qur’an. Thinkers like Fakhr al-Din al-Razi connected traditional theology and philosophy in their Qur’anic commentary. Thinkers like Nasr Abu Zayd used philosophy to deconstruct the Qur’an paving the way for a modern humanistic hermeneutics. The book tries to go a step further: it aims to offer a path within the Qur’an that – through philosophy – leads to a fresh understanding of fundamental tenets of Islamic thought like tawhid or God’s oneness and to a fresh fathoming of the same Qur’anic text. Upon the tawhid bases Islam was built and flourished. The Qur’anic text provided the sound reference for enacting human praxis. Now hermeneutics, not only as a method, but as a paradigm, can lead to a re-reading of tawhid and other Islamic ideas in the name of philosophy. The book applies the phenomenological and ontological hermeneutics of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger to the study of the Qur’an going far beyond the previous Annemarie Schimmel’s phenomenological approach that is not either philosophical or properly phenomenological (in Husserl’s sense). Bibliography

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Campanini, Massimo. Bibliography. Philosophical Perspectives on Modern Qur'anic Exegesis - Key Paradigms and Concepts. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 142-149 Oct 2016. ISBN 9781781792315. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25719. Date accessed: 14 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25719. Oct 2016

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