[P6581] Tafsir Studies Today

Created by Walid A. Saleh
Thursday, 12/02/21 11:30 am


The last thirty years have witnessed a massive output of editions and studies in the field of Qur’an commentary. This new available material has radically transformed the nature of how we approach the field of Tafsir. In addition to the newly published material a new generation of scholars have entered the field and made new and profound contributions. It is clear that Tafsir has become one of the most vibrant fields in Islamic Studies and it is now time to take some stock of the three decades.

One of the glaring issues in Tafsir is that we lack a historical narrative of the field. Al-Tabari can no more function as the beginning and the end of the field. Ibn Kathir did not herald the end of the creative period. And no history of Tafsir can now presume to absent Ottoman contributions.

This panel discusses some of the major issues in Tafsir Studies today. From the fact that we have no grand narrative (periodization of the genre), to the very nature of authority and how it is constructed in hermeneutical debates to the connection of the genre to other fields.

This panel will discuss the latest in the field of Qur’an Commentary and the major debates in the field. The three presenters are each working on a different trajectory and the presentation aims to give as complete a picture as possible of the state of the field.


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Walid A. Saleh

(University of Toronto)
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Elizabeth R. Alexandrin

(University of Manitoba)
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair;

Ahmed H. al-Rahim

(University of Virginia)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Sara Abdel-Latif

(McGill University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Ash Geissinger

(Carleton University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Tariq Jaffer

(Amherst College)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;