Qur'an

The first revelation to the Prophet was about knowledge and learning

Prophet Muhammad was concerned about the moral and spiritual conditions of the people of Mecca, and frequently sought moments of reflection by retreating to a cave on Mount Hira outside of Mecca. After fifteen years of this meditative practice, during one of his annual retreats, he received his first call of revelation on what subsequently came to be called Laylat al-qadr (Night of Power). The … Continue reading The first revelation to the Prophet was about knowledge and learning

Hakimali V. Surani: Imamat in Ismaili Ginanic Literature

Hakimali V. Surani: Imamat in Ismaili Ginanic Literature

Where the Qur’anic symbolism uses the allegory of the Holy Tree (kashajaratin tayyibatin) for Divine Guidance, the same simili is used in the Ginans to indicate the spiritual aspect of Imamat (Divine Guidance). Similarly, where the Qur’an refers to the essential function of Imamat as Guidance, the Ginans also refer to this by comparing it with the Eternal Lamp of Light, which enlightens humanity. According … Continue reading Hakimali V. Surani: Imamat in Ismaili Ginanic Literature

Lecture with Professor Angelika Neuwirth - A Leading Scholar in Qur’anic Studies

Lecture with Professor Angelika Neuwirth – A Leading Scholar in Qur’anic Studies

This twenty eight-minute lecture by Professor Angelika Neuwirth (Freie Universitat Berlin), a leading scholar in Qur’anic studies, invites viewers to a contextual reading of the Qur’an, in the light of the milieu of the revelation and the subsequent development of the Muslim community. Based on her thirty years of engagement with the topic, Professor Neuwirth suggests that scholarly endeavours of understanding the Qur’an essentially as … Continue reading Lecture with Professor Angelika Neuwirth – A Leading Scholar in Qur’anic Studies

Tafsir Islamic Intellectual History

Institute of Ismaili Studies Publishes New Book on Tafsir and Islamic Intellectual History

Institute of Ismaili Studies Publishes New Book on Tafsir and Islamic Intellectual HistoryTafsir and Islamic Intellectual History – Exploring the Boundaries of a Genre

Edited by Andreas Görke and Johanna Pink

  • Offers the only up-to-date survey of scholarship on tafs’ir as a genre and its place within the broader framework of Muslim scholarship.
  • The first attempt at analyzing the fields in which Muslim exegetical activity takes place, its relation to other fields of learning, and the conditions that influence the results of exegesis.
  • Includes chapters by many leading experts in the field of tafs’ir study.

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First print versions of the Quran: Commissioned by Christian Monasteries in Venice, Italy & Russian Empress Catherine the Great in St. Petersberg, Russia

Calligraphy was considered the supreme art, the one valued most highly in Islamic culture. The sacredness of the Qur’an led to its transcription in a beautiful hand, and this sanctity explains why handwritten copies remained popular and why printed editions of the Qur’an were so slow to be accepted. While translations of the Qur’an into Slavic, Belorussian, and Polish languages were undertaken from the fifteenth … Continue reading First print versions of the Quran: Commissioned by Christian Monasteries in Venice, Italy & Russian Empress Catherine the Great in St. Petersberg, Russia

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The Holy Qur’an has inspired works of art and architecture

The Holy Qur’an, the sacred book of Muslims, literally means ‘recitation’ and thus, originated not as a written text to be read silently, but an orally transmitted message from God to be memorized and recited aloud. It is also a work that has been copied by hand more than any other book in Muslim regions. The Qur’an has also played a vital role in Muslim … Continue reading The Holy Qur’an has inspired works of art and architecture

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Qur’an manuscript: possibly from Fatimid royal library

Libraries have existed for a long time, dating back to at least the third millennium BC Babylonian times. In the early days, a library was also a record-room for the storage of clay tablets. Excavations have discovered Assyrian tablets in Egypt dating to the second millennium BC. King Ashurbanipal (r. 668-627 BC) had an archive of 25,000 tablets that he had collected from throughout his … Continue reading Qur’an manuscript: possibly from Fatimid royal library

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New IIS Book: Scripture, Poetry and the Making of a Community: Reading the Qur’an as a Literary Text

This volume presents the views on the Qur’an by Professor Angelika Neuwirth, one of the leading scholars in Qur’anic studies today. It contains fourteen articles that reflect her original thought on the topic as developed over thirty years of research.  The book consists of a mixture of new as well as previously published pieces, some of which are translations from the German while others … Continue reading New IIS Book: Scripture, Poetry and the Making of a Community: Reading the Qur’an as a Literary Text

IIS Timeline: Quranic Commentators Throughout History

IIS Timeline: Quranic Commentators Throughout History

Timeline By The Institute of Ismaili Studies

IIS Timeline: Quranic Commentators Throughout History

From about the third/ninth century, Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir al-Qur’an) has constituted an important sub-discipline of a larger scholarly discipline known as ‘ulum al-Qur’an (literally, the sciences of the Qur’an). This scholarly discipline has been responsible for a literary output that has continued into the modern day. Tafsir works have been principally composed in Arabic, but they also have been written, and continue to be written, in many of the languages of the communities where Muslims have lived: Persian, Urdu, Turkish, Swahili and Malay among others.

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Islamicate: Tweeting the Qur'an 2014/1435

Islamicate: Tweeting the Qur’an 2014/1435

Hashtags: #Quran #ttquran #Ramadan Traditionally, Muslims read the Qur’an in its entirety over this time, in a section a day. The Qur’an is split into thirty sections, called juz’, and one section is read each night. This year is the 6th year I am inviting people to tweet the Qur’an for Ramadan. via islamicate: Tweeting the Qur’an #Quran #ttquran #Ramadan 2014/1435. All related Hussein Rashid: https://ismailimail.wordpress.com/tag/hussein-rashid/ Continue reading Islamicate: Tweeting the Qur’an 2014/1435

Anecdote: Holy Qur'an - His Highness the Aga Khan's Visit to Religious School

Anecdote: Holy Qur’an – His Highness the Aga Khan’s Visit to Religious School

Kamaluddin Mohamed, a highly respected Ismaili scholar and missionary, draws from an incident in 1967 when His Highness the Aga Khan visited a religious night school in Mumbai, and explains the importance of studying the Holy Qur’an. According to a tradition of the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s) the Institution of Imamat and the last book revealed to him go hand-in-hand, says the missionary in Simerg’s newest … Continue reading Anecdote: Holy Qur’an – His Highness the Aga Khan’s Visit to Religious School

Alwaez Kamaluddin Introduces Qur’anic Teachings in the Ginan

Alwaez Kamaluddin Introduces Qur’anic Teachings in the Ginan

In Simerg’s latest post, erudite Ismaili missionary and scholar, Alwaez Kamaluddin of Pakistan, provides a short but very interesting insight on the subject of Qur’anic teachings in the Ginan, while highlighting the features of his most recent book published in English. Please click “Qur’an and Ginan” (Qur’anic Teachings in the Ginan). Continue reading Alwaez Kamaluddin Introduces Qur’anic Teachings in the Ginan

Professor Wilferd Madelung: Social Legislation in Surat al-Ahzab

Professor Wilferd Madelung: Social Legislation in Surat al-Ahzab

In this article the author examines Surat 33 of the Qur’an, al-Ahzab, in the context of circumstances in Prophet Muhammad’s life at the time of its revelation. Pivotal issues such as the roots of the Muslim perspective on adoption, succession of women, and who was referred to by the term ahl al-bayt are looked at via the same lens. Surat 33 al-Ahzab of the Qur’an, … Continue reading Professor Wilferd Madelung: Social Legislation in Surat al-Ahzab

Diana Steigerwald: Understanding the Quran | Ismaili Web Amaana

Diana Steigerwald: Understanding the Quran | Ismaili Web Amaana

Author’s Bio: Dr. Diana Steigerwald is an expert in the History of Islamic Thought especially theology, philosophy, Qur’anic exegesis, and mysticism. She has a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from McGill University (Montreal). Her first two books analyzed the works of al-Shahrastani (1086-1153) who is recognized as an influential Muslim theologian and as an historian of religions. He was among the pioneers in using a scientific … Continue reading Diana Steigerwald: Understanding the Quran | Ismaili Web Amaana

New Publication: Aims, Methods and Contexts of Qur'anic Exegesis, by Dr Karen Bauer

New Publication: Aims, Methods and Contexts of Qur’anic Exegesis, by Dr Karen Bauer

Edited by Karen Bauer Essays written by leading scholars, who provide multiple perspectives on the interpretation of the Qur’an. Focuses on the genre of tafsir in the 2nd/8th to the 9th/15th centuries and shows how theories and contexts affect the content and method of exegesis. Individual essays emphasise how geography, human networks, hermeneutical systems and genre boundaries affected the writing of tafsir. Includes Arabic editions … Continue reading New Publication: Aims, Methods and Contexts of Qur’anic Exegesis, by Dr Karen Bauer