Contemporary Approaches to the Qurʾan and its Interpretation in Iran: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Contemporary Approaches to the Qurʾan and its Interpretation in Iran

1st Edition

By Ali Akbar, Abdullah Saeed


216 pages

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Hardback: 9780367272036
pub: 2019-10-01
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This book sets out how contemporary Iranian scholars have approached the Qurʾān during recent decades. It particularly aims to explore the contributions of scholars that have emerged in the post 1979-revolution era, outlining their primary interpretive methods and foundational theories regarding the reading of the Qurʾān.

Examining issues such as the status of women, democracy, freedom of religion and human rights, this book analyses the theoretical contributions of several Iranian scholars, some of which are new to the English-speaking academy. The hermeneutical approaches of figures such Abdolkarim Soroush, Muhammad Mojtahed Shabestari, Mohsen Kadivar, Hasan Yousefi-Eshkevari, Abolqasem Fanaie and Mostafa Malekian are presented and then analysed to demonstrate how a contextualist approach to the Qu’ran has been formed in response to the influence of Western Orientalism. The effect of this approach to the Qu’ran is then shown to have wide-ranging effects on Iranian society.

This study reveals Qu’ranic thought that has been largely overlooked by the West. It will, therefore. Be of great use to academics in Religious, Islamic and Qurʾānic studies as well as those studying the culture of Iran and the Middle East more generally.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction and Reception of Western Scholars’ Approaches to the Qurʾān in Iran; Introduction; 1 Reception of Western Scholars’ Approaches to the Qurʾān in Iran: Orientalism Refuted; Part II: Approaches of Contextualist Iranian Scholars towards Interpretation of the Qurʾān; 2 Abdolkarim Soroush; 3 Muhammad Mujtahed Shabestar; 4 Hasan Yousefi-Eshkevari; 5 Mohsen Kadivar; 6 Abolqasem Fanaei; 7 Mostafa Malekian; Part III: Contextualist Approaches in Practice; 8 Gender Issues; 9 Pluralism and Freedom of Religion; 10 Human Rights, Democracy and Methods of Governance; Part IV: Concluding Remarks

About the Authors

Ali Akbar is a Research Assistant at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Abdullah Saeed is the Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies.

About the Series

Contemporary Thought in the Islamic World

Contemporary Thought in the Islamic World promotes new directions in scholarship in the study of Islamic thinking. Muslim scholars of today challenge deeply ingrained dichotomies and binaries. New ideas have stimulated an upcoming generation of progressive Muslim thinkers and scholars of Islam to radically rethink the ways in which immediate and emergent issues affecting the contemporary Islamic world are to be assessed. This series aims to take the field beyond the usual historical-philological and social science-driven approaches, and to insert the study of Islam and the Muslim world into far wider multi-disciplinary inquiries on religion and religiosity in an increasingly interconnected world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Islam / General
RELIGION / Islam / Theology
RELIGION / Islam / Koran & Sacred Writings
RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Islamic Studies