Special Issue "New Approaches to Qur'anic Hermeneutics in the Muslim World"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444). This special issue belongs to the section "Religions and Theologies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Ismail Albayrak
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Guest Editor
School of Theology, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, VIC 3002, Australia
Interests: Islamic studies; Qur'anic studies; interfaith dialogue; Muslims in modern world; Ibadi exegesis, Hizmet movement; Islamic mysticism
Dr. Hakan Coruh
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Guest Editor
Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University, Level 3, 128-136, South Parade, Auburn, NSW 2144, Australia
Interests: medieval exegesis of the Qur’an (classical tafsīr); modern Qur’an exegesis (modern tafsīr); contemporary Islamic thought; Islamic legal theories (usul al-fiqh) and jurisprudence (fiqh); Hanafi-Maturidi theology and jurisprudence; Islamic law and practices in the modern period; radicalisation, theological ideologies, and counter-radicalisation; Islamic theology (Kalām); comparative theology and interfaith relations

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Qur’an, as a basic Islamic source, and its exegesis have a special place under the broad umbrella of Islamic studies disciplines. In Qur’anic studies, contemporary approaches to Qur’anic exegesis are an area that needs constant updating with the participation of new actors. This Special Issue of the journal Religions (ISSN 2077-1444)—“New approaches to Qur’anic hermeneutics in the Muslim world”—will discuss the approaches that play defining roles in modern Qur’anic interpretation in the Islamic world. It will critically analyse the intellectual efforts to understand the Qur’an in modern times by contemporary Muslim thinkers from different linguistic and geographic backgrounds. The new Qur’an readings, initiated by Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan (d. 1898) and continued with the works of Muhammad ‘Abduh (d. 1905), have been further developed by important names such as the late Fazlur Rahman (d. 1988), Muhammad Arkoun (d. 2010) and Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd (d. 2010), along with contemporary approaches. The participation of feminist Muslim authors in the discussions on their reading of the Qur’an has further expanded the circle of these contemporary approaches. It is also possible to find similar examples of these approaches based on linguistic and historical hermeneutics in the Shi'ite world. This Special Issue discusses to what extent these and other leading figures represent approaches to the Qur’an in the Muslim world. Is there any study of Qur’an commentary that is suitable for the theoretical ground these new approaches put forward? Or are contemporary efforts in the Islamic world taking place within a framework that goes beyond the abovementioned names? If so, what are the important representatives and methods that have guided recent Qur’an interpretations? The subject will be covered from modern Salafi or literalist approaches to different philosophical readings. This issue will handle the representation and classification questions in contemporary approaches to the Qur’an in a way that includes the general Muslim world from different linguistic and geographic backgrounds.

Prof. Dr. Ismail Albayrak
Dr. Hakan Coruh
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • the Qur’an
  • Qur’anic hermeneutics
  • exegesis
  • historicism
  • semantic
  • semiotic
  • Muslim feminism
  • Salafism
  • literalist
  • universalism
  • localism
  • scientific exegesis
  • contemporary
  • classical

Published Papers

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