Muslim Qur’anic Interpretation Today - Media, Genealogies and Interpretive Communities - Johanna Pink

Muslim Qur’anic Interpretation Today - Media, Genealogies and Interpretive Communities - Johanna Pink

10. Beyond the Mainstream

Muslim Qur’anic Interpretation Today - Media, Genealogies and Interpretive Communities - Johanna Pink

Johanna Pink [+-]
University of Freiburg
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Johanna Pink is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Freiburg. Among her publications are one monograph as well as numerous articles and handbook chapters on contemporary, modern and 18th century Qur'anic exegesis as well as classical Qur'anic hermeneutics. She is currently publishing a collective volume on tafsir and Islamic intellectual history (OUP) and a guest-edited issue of the Journal of Qur'anic Studies on the translation of the Qur'an. Other areas of interest include the history of Egypt and the status of non-Muslims in Muslim religious and legal discourses.

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The Turkish and English samples presented in this chapter reflect the fact that the Qurʾān is not only interpreted by traditional Sunni Arab scholars. There is a wide variety of communities that pursue approaches outside the religious mainstream and have their own ways of engaging with the Qurʾān. Jihadi-Salafis who use the Qurʾān to declare anyone participating in democratic elections an unbeliever, Sufis, Alevis, and the Ahmadiyya movements all read and explain the Qurʾān in widely divergent ways that sometimes have little in common with its interpretive tradition. Often, they are much more concerned with the defense or suppport of specific positions, situated in a particular local context. Such divergent interpretations may therefore also, at times, turn out to be the cause of intense polemics.

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Pink, Johanna . 10. Beyond the Mainstream. Muslim Qur’anic Interpretation Today - Media, Genealogies and Interpretive Communities. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Oct 2018. ISBN 9781781791448. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=32936. Date accessed: 12 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.32936. Oct 2018

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