Beyond the Qur’ān – Early Ismaili Ta’wil and the Secrets of the Prophets – David Hollenberg (Septembre 2016)

Beyond the Qur'ān Early Ismaili Ta'wil and the Secrets of the Prophets - David Hollenberg (Septembre 2016)Ismailism, one of the three major branches of Shiism, is best known for ta’wil, an esoteric, allegorizing scriptural exegesis. Beyond the Qur’ān : Early Ismaili Ta’wil and the Secrets of the Prophets is the first book-length study of this interpretive genre. Analyzing sources composed by tenth-century Ismaili missionaries in light of social-science theories of cognition and sectarianism, David Hollenberg argues that the missionaries used ta’wil to instill in acolytes a set of symbolic patterns, forms, and “logics.” This shared symbolic world bound the community together as it created a gulf between community members and those outside the movement. Hollenberg thus situates ta’wil socially, as an interpretive practice that sustained a community of believers.

Source: mehdi-azaiez.org

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