Reading the QurOCOan in the Twenty-First Century considers the
development of QurOCOanic interpretation and highlights modern
debates around new approaches to interpretation. It explores how
Muslims from various theological, legal, socio-political and
philosophical backgrounds think about the meaning and relevance of
the QurOCOan, and how their ideas apply in the contemporary world.
- reflects on one of the most dominant approaches to
interpretation in the pre-modern period, textualism, and the
reaction to that in Muslim feminist readings of the QurOCOan
- covers issues such as identifying the hierarchical nature of
QurOCOanic values, the criteria for the use of hadith in
interpretation, fluidity of meaning and ways of ensuring a degree
of stability in interpretation.
- examines key Qur'anic passages and compares pre-modern and
modern interpretations to show the evolving nature of
interpretation. Examples discussed include: the authority of men
over women, the death of Jesus, shura and democracy, and riba and
Abdullah Saeed provides a practical guide for interpretation and
presents the principal ideas of a contextualist approach, which
situates the original message of the QurOCOan in its wider social,
political, cultural, economic and intellectual context. He
advocates a more flexible method of interpretation that gives due
recognition to earlier interpretations of the QurOCOan while also
being aware of changing conditions and the need to approach the
QurOCOan afresh today."
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