New Trends in Qur’anic Studies: Text, Context, and Interpretation


Mun’im Sirry (ed)


The essays in this volume discuss recent trends and issues in the scholarly study of the Qur’ān and its exegesis. The last few years have witnessed an unprecedented development in qur'anic studies in terms of both the number of volumes that have been produced and the wide range of issues covered. It is not an exaggeration to say that the field of qur'anic studies today has become the 'crown' of Islamic studies. In this book, scholars of diverse approaches critically engage with the Qur’ān and its exegesis, including questions about the milieu in which the Qur’ān emerged, the Qur’ān's relation to the biblical tradition, its chronology, textual integrity, and its literary features. In addition, this volume addresses recent scholarship on tafsīr (qur'anic exegesis), including thematic interpretation, diacronic and syncronic readings of the Qur’ān. Various approaches to understanding the Muslim scripture with or without tafsīr are also discussed.


  • Frontmatter
    Mun’im Sirry
  • Introduction: Recent Trends in Qur’anic Studies
    Mun’im Sirry
  • Reflections on the History and Evolution of Western Study of the Qur’ān, from ca. 1900 to the Present
    Fred M. Donner
  • Indonesian Muslim Responses to Non-Muslim Approaches to Qur’anic Studies
    Yusuf Rahman
  • Semitic Rhetoric and the Qur’ān: The Scholarship of Michel Cuypers
    Adnane Mokrani
  • From Clerical to Scriptural Authority: The Qur’ān’s Dialogue with the Syriac New Testament
    Emran El-Badawi
  • A Qur’anic Theodicy: Moses in the Sūrat al-Kahf (Q 18)
    David Penchansky
  • Contemporary Shiʿi Approaches to the History of the Text of the Qur’ān
    Seyfeddin Kara
  • The Computer and the Qur’ān: An Analysis and Appraisal
    Adam Flowers
  • Reading the Qur’ān Contextually: Approaches and Challenges
    Abdullah Saeed
  • “Qur’anism” in Modern Qur’ān Interpretation
    Izza Rohman
  • Understanding Patriarchal Interpretations of Q 4:34 in the Light of Stanley Fish’s “Interpretive Communities”
    Adis Duderija
  • The Global Islamic Tradition and the Nation State in the Contemporary Muslim Exegesis of the Qur’ān
    Johanna Pink
  • Interpreting the Qur’ān between Shari‘ah and Changing Custom: On Women’s Dress in Indonesia
    Munirul Ikhwan
  • The Hermeneutics of Legitimate Leadership: Qurṭubī’s Commentary on Q 2:30 (the Adam Verse)
    Han Hsien Liew
  • “Deviant” Qur’anic Interpretation in Indonesia: Reading Lia Eden’s Defense of the Claim to Prophethood
    Al Makin
  • Sufi Commentaries on the Qur’ān in Indonesia: The Poetry of Ḥamzah al-Fanṣūrī and Haji Hasan Mustapa
    Jajang A. Rohmana
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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October 25, 2019

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