The Spirit and the Letter: Approaches to the Esoteric Interpretation of the Qur'an

The Spirit and the Letter Approaches to the Esoteric Interpretation of the Qur an This volume is the first to focus specifically on esoteric interpretation as a phenomenon in the field of Qur anic exegesis and to show the plurality of ways it has been manifested in different Muslim

  • Title: The Spirit and the Letter: Approaches to the Esoteric Interpretation of the Qur'an
  • Author: Annabel Keeler Sajjad H Rizvi
  • ISBN: 9780198783336
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This volume is the first to focus specifically on esoteric interpretation as a phenomenon in the field of Qur anic exegesis and to show the plurality of ways it has been manifested in different Muslim traditions Concern with the inner, spiritual implications of the Qur an has usually been associated with mystical and Sufi trends in Islam However, there have also been exeThis volume is the first to focus specifically on esoteric interpretation as a phenomenon in the field of Qur anic exegesis and to show the plurality of ways it has been manifested in different Muslim traditions Concern with the inner, spiritual implications of the Qur an has usually been associated with mystical and Sufi trends in Islam However, there have also been exegetes among the Shi a, as well as among philosophers, who sought to supplement their understanding of the Qur an s apparent meaning by eliciting deeper significations through contemplation of the verses The Spirit and the Letter examines the multiplicity of these esoteric approaches, covering a period that extends from the third ninth century to the present It includes chapters on philosophical and Shi i exegetes, such as Ibn Sina d 428 1037 and Mulla Sadra d 1045 1635 6 , in addition to studies of a range of Sufi perspectives, from al Sulami d 412 1021 and al Qushayri d 465 1072 to Ruzbihan Baqli d 606 1209 , as well as representatives of the Ibn Arabi and Kubrawi schools Considered together, the range of studies in this volume enable us to see what these approaches have in common and how they differ, and how the hermeneutics and content of exegesis are affected by doctrinal and ideological perspectives of various traditions and periods Further, they deepen our understanding of what actually constitutes esoteric interpretation and the need to look beyond the letter to the spirit of the Qur anic word.

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