Muslim Qurʾānic Interpretation Today - Media, Genealogies and Interpretive Communities - Johanna Pink

Muslim Qurʾānic Interpretation Today - Media, Genealogies and Interpretive Communities - Johanna Pink

In Defense of a Perfect Scripture: The Qur'an as a Holistic System

Muslim Qurʾānic 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 20th century has not only seen the rise of modernist exegetical paradigms, but also the emergence of Islamist movements that saw Islam as a holistic system (niẓām) or way of life (manhaj) and aimed to read the Qurʾān accordingly: as a book that speaks directly to contemporary Muslims and offers solutions for every aspect of their life. Furthermore, the experience of European dominance and of Christian or Orientalist polemics against Islam has strengthened apologetic discourses. Both trends contribute to an understanding of the Qurʾān as a scripture that is infallible in every area of knowledge and constitutes in itself a perfect, well-organised system. This chapter describes how this understanding results in Qurʾānic interpretations that aim to justify the rationality of the Qurʾān’s rulings, prove its inimitability (iʿjāz) with respect to scientific or historical knowledge and underline the logic behind its arrangement. Defending Polygamy: Kariman Hamza (b. 1942, Egypt) on Q, 4:3, Islamist Qur'anic Interpretation, The System (nazm) and Structure of the Qur'an, The Sacralisation of the Qur'an's Canonical Arrangement: Amr Khalid on the Structure of the Qur'an and the Unity of Suras, Science and the i'jaz Paradigm, The Scientific i'jaz: Miracles of Qur'an (Lebanon) on Q, 27:18

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Pink, Johanna . In Defense of a Perfect Scripture: The Qur'an as a Holistic System. Muslim Qurʾānic Interpretation Today - Media, Genealogies and Interpretive Communities. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 172-201 Jan 2019. ISBN 9781781791431. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34922. Date accessed: 16 Dec 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34922. Jan 2019

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