An Anthology of Qur'anic Commentaries Volume 1: On the Nature of the Divine Synopsis
This pioneering volume, the first in a series, presents a plurality of voices, methods and concerns in Qur'anic interpretation ranging from the 8th century to the present day. No previous work has drawn on such a comprehensive range of commentaries and covered such a wide spectrum of theological approaches. On the Nature of the Divine analyses the works of twenty selected Sunni, Shi'i, Ibadi, Mu'tazili, and Sufi commentators on six Qur'anic verses, revealing varied approaches to the scripture and its meaning. In their attempts to discern God's nature, the commentators inevitably introduce their own particular theological concerns into their commentaries. Contextual introductions and annotated translations allow the reader to follow the genesis of key intellectual debates and religio-political attitudes still relevant to the lives of Muslims today. This combination of previously untranslated texts and extensive annotation provides an invaluable and innovative contribution to the field of Islamic studies.
An Anthology of Qur'anic Commentaries Volume 1: On the Nature of the Divine Press Reviews
[a] superbly presented and valuable effort * Gibril Fouad Haddad, Journal of Islamic Studies * a significant advance in the burgeoning field of Tafsir studies ... This anthology is the resuly of a careful process of deliberation and insightful judgements. The meticulousness of the editors is apparent in every aspect of the book. The selections are extensive, the translations read well and are faithful to the Arabic original. * Walid A. Saleh, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies * superb collection ... Over and above the consistently high quality of the individual contributions, a major strength of Suleman's collection is its breadth of chronological and geographic coverage ... With a useful glossary, and generous bibliography, this volume definitely belongs in all university libraries supporting comprehensive art history, comparative religion, and Islamic Studies programs. * John Renard, Religion and the Arts * Hamza, Rizvi and Mayer have set a very high standard for annotated translations of Qur'anic commentaries and their labour deserves the highest praise...provides an unparalleled journey through the entire gamut of Qur'anic commentaries. I eagerly await the next volume. * Scott C. Lucas, Journal of Shi's Islamic Studies. * Notwithstanding its modest title of being an anthology , it is massive scholarly feat which covers vast ground... The editors' selection of the commentators is wide-ranging and representative, enabling as it does readers to gain acquaintance with diverse strands of thought and sectarian perspectives. It is quite impressive to encounter a multiplicity of approaches, mindsets, sectarian considerations, and tools and strategies at work in the numerous attempts to arrive at the meaning of the Qur'an... The volume is an epitome of solid scholarship * Abdur Raheem Kidwai, The Muslim World Book Review * A remarkable and unique contribution to the field of Qur'anic research and scholarship in English language...I recommend this book to all students and scholars of the Qur'an. * Muhammad Khan. The Muslim News * A sumptuous book that is copiously annotated and immensely rewarding for the reader...This anthology is as rich, if not richer, than any single tafsir work in the original Arabic, and provides an unparalleled journey through the entire gamut of Qur'anic commentaries. I eagerly await the next volume. * Scott C. Lucas. Journal of Shi'a Islamic Studies. *