Publisher description for Approaches to the history of the interpretation of the Quran / edited by Andrew Rippin.

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In recent years, the Qur'an has come to the forefront of Islamic studies, both in its role as scripture and as literature within the Muslim community. However, traditional interpretation of the book, commonly termed "Tafsir," remains a vast, virtually untapped area of investigation. The
essays gathered here, a unique contribution to the field, expose and explore various aspects of Tafsir and their potential for scholarly research. The essays are divided into four major sections-- formation and development, genres, sectarian dimensions, and modern trends.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Koran -- Criticism, interpretation, etc. -- History -- Congresses.