Sacred Leaves Graduate Symposium Collection
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This presentation fills a void in the literature of the relatively obscure and unstudied Islamic interpretive genre of tafsir (scriptural exegesis). Oakes argues that while Islamic tradition initially held the genre in low regard, it ascended relative to other early genres and retained its authority among scholars even when threatened by the later development of kalam (theology) and falsafa (philosophy). Tafsir established itself by citing tradition, then ventured beyond traditionalism by including poetry, mysticism, grammatical analysis, and literary analysis. This flexibility prepared the genre to respond to the threats of colonialism then post-colonialism.
Symposia (conferences); Video recordings
Oakes, W. Richard, "Ascendancy and authority of the tafsir genre" (2008). Sacred Leaves Graduate Symposium Collection. 12.