The Tasks And Traditions Of Interpretation By Jane Mcauliffe

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The Qur’an is one of the most interpreted religious books in existence. The two articles, “The Tasks and Traditions of Interpretation” and “Western Scholarship and The Qur’an”, interpret the Qur’an from two distinct points of view. The first article, “The Tasks and Traditions of Interpretation” by Jane McAuliffe introduces a famous commentator named Ali Ibn-al-Jawzī and explains his analysis on the different Surās within the Qur’an. McAuliffe also introduces other famous commentators and compares them to Ibn al-Jawzī’s view. In the article “Western Scholarship and the Qur’an” by Andrew Rippin, the author presents interpretations of the Qur’an by Europeans from the 20th century. This interpretation is presented form a secular perspective,…show more content…
Asabi al-nuzūl is the term for “occasions” or “reasons” for the revelations and “Succinctly put, it captures the historical and contextual investigations that various verses and suras of the Quran provoked” (). Some of the verses may have been revealed by Muhammad in response to a question he was asked, but for many of the verses there is no specific reason for their revelations. In Q109 some grammatical peculiarities can be observed and are questioned. One profound objection “is the objective pronoun used in the third verse of Q 109, ‘what I worship’. Should not, the grammarians asked, the correct expression be ‘You do not worship whom I worship?’ After all, God is a ‘who’, not a ‘what’” (). This question is answered by Al-Tūsi by saying the “what” in this phrase is referring to an Idol. The next question regarding the repetition in the verses is answered simply as repetition is used as a rhetorical device to provide emphasis on a statement. This article provides a strong secular disposition and does answer many common fundamental questions in understanding the verses of the Qur’an. It provides a better understanding of the setting when these verses were written and why they were written in such a way. Since Islam is one of the oldest religions, with plenty of interpretations, it faces opposition when analyzed from a 21st century mind. A weakness I find in this article is that it doesn’t provide a basis for what Islam or the Qur’an represent. It just analyzes the

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