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Rāzī: Master of Quranic Interpretation and Theological Reasoning

Tariq Jaffer


This book investigates the transformative contributions that Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī made to the Islamic intellectual tradition. It focuses on the ways that Rāzī exploited the rich heritage of ancient and Islamic philosophy to interpret the Qurʾān, and on the ways that he forged a methodology for Sunnī orthodoxy by uniting reason with the Qurʾān and prophetic traditions (naql). The book proposes that Rāzī gave his intellectual agenda an indisputed authority in Sunnī Islam by using the Qurʾān as a vehicle for his ideas. The grand synthesis of ideas that Rāzī brought about in his tafsīr confirms th ... More

Keywords: intellect, interpretation, reason, scripture, tradition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199947997
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199947997.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tariq Jaffer, author
Amherst College