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

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

Clashes and Fault Lines

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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Qurʾānic interpretation today is steeped in conflict. That conflict is often embedded in and caused by complex power relations on the local and global level. The legitimacy of specific approaches to the Qurʾān and of its authors is often fiercely contested. This chapter examines some of the causes of such conflicts. Some clashes over Qurʾānic interpretation arise from the way in which certain themes – first and foremost that of gender relations – are framed today, others from claims of individuals, institutions and states to religious authority and a monopoly on the religious discourse. The chapter concludes with a discussion of a new trend that subverts the battle over the true meaning of the Qurʾān by promoting subjectivity and calling into question the possibility of ever attaining certitude over the Qurʾān’s message. Gender, Queerness and the Qur'an, Debates on Same-Sex Marriage: Mun'im Sirry (b. 1973, Indonesia) on the Story of Lot, Causes for Conflict, Doubt versus Certainty: Ahmad Khayri al-Umari (b. 1970, Iraq) on Q, 21:51-56 and his Critics, Postmodern Uncertainties and Subjective Approaches, Subjectivity and Qur'anic Interpretation in a Muslim Intellectual's Blog: Hakan Turan (b. 1979, Germany) on Q, 5:51

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Pink, Johanna . Clashes and Fault Lines. Muslim Qurʾānic Interpretation Today - Media, Genealogies and Interpretive Communities. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 244-283 Jan 2019. ISBN 9781781791431. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34924. Date accessed: 25 Aug 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34924. Jan 2019

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