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

4: Symbolism

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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This chapter analyses hermeneutically which is the meaning of symbol (mathal) and in which sense God is the “highest symbol” of the universe. A number of Qur’anic “signs” or “verses” (ayat) are studied in order to point out that the hidden must be drawn out of secrecy and showed, “disclosed” in openness, and this is possible only through interpretation. Muhammad and the Kaaba are chosen as particularly meaningful symbols of creed.

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Campanini, Massimo. 4: Symbolism. Philosophical Perspectives on Modern Qur'anic Exegesis - Key Paradigms and Concepts. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 27-43 Oct 2016. ISBN 9781781792315. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=32121. Date accessed: 19 Jan 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.32121. Oct 2016

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