Reconstituting the Exegetical Tradition
Muslim Qur’anic Interpretation Today - Media, Genealogies and Interpretive Communities - Johanna Pink
Johanna Pink [+]
University of Freiburg
Premodern exegetical traditions have never lost their importance for Qurʾānic interpretation. However, the relative importance of different traditions as well as their level of authority have undergone fundamental transformations, most notably in connection with the rise of the Salafi paradigm. This chapter explores the resilience of the premodern genre of the Qurʾānic commentary (tafsīr) and its connection to the status group formed by Islamic scholars (ʿulamāʾ). Case studies demonstrate how contemporary ʿulamāʾ continue the tradition of tafsīr, how they flexibly combine exegetical resources and how the works of editors and translators have contributed to moving Salafi exegesis into the centre of the tradition.