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The Exegesis of Science in Twentieth-Century Arabic Interpretations of the Quran (2008)


For the physician Muḥammad Aḥmad al-Iskandarānī, nature?s secrets?equated with the Lord?s divine order?were riddles for men to uncover, and both science and the Qur᾽ān were there to help them. Focusing on a representative number of key popular Qur᾽ānic commentaries after Iskandarānī, this chapter explores this transformation and charts the changing relationship between discussions of science and modern exegesis in the Arabic and especially the Egyptian press of the twentieth century. The leading example of the genre was Ṭanṭawi Jawharī?s al-Jawāhir fī tafsīr al-Qur᾽ānal-karīm, or The Gems of the Exegesis of the Munificent Qur᾽ān, which was published in 26 volumes between 1923 and 1935. Charting the arc from ?Abduh to Jawharī and beyond, this chapter explores these new kinds of reconciliation that could be found between nature, science, and scripture in Qur᾽ānic exegeses over the course of the twentieth century.

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Book Meer, Jitse M. van der; Mandelbrote, Scott (2008) Nature and Scripture in the Abrahamic Religions: 1700--Present. unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Iqbal, Muzaffar
Baharuddin, Azizan
Ebrahimnejad, Hormoz
Lamoreaux, John C.
Foltz, Richard C.
Denny, Frederick M.
History of Science
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
British Journal for the History of Science
Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage
University of Pennsylvania
State University of New York Press
Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School. Distributed by Harvard University Press
Bodleian Library
Brill Academic Publishers
Arab/Islamic world, civilization and culture
Science and religion
Draper, John William
Time Periods
20th century
Early modern
11th century
19th century
Persia (Iran)
Middle and Near East

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