Scriptural Polemics : The Qur'an and Other Religions, Hardback Book

Scriptural Polemics : The Qur'an and Other Religions Hardback


A number of passages in the Qur'an contain doctrinal and cultural criticism of Jews and Christians, from exclusive salvation and charges of Jewish and Christian falsification of revelation to cautions against the taking of Jews and Christians as patrons, allies, or intimates.

Mun'im Sirry offers a novel exploration of these polemical passages, which have long been regarded as obstacles to peaceable interreligious relations, through the lens of twentieth-centurytafsir (exegesis).

He considers such essential questions as: How have modern contexts shaped Muslim reformers' understanding of the Qur'an, and how have the reformers' interpretations recontextualized these passages?

Can the Qur'an's polemical texts be interpreted fruitfully for interactions amongreligious communities in the modern world?

Sirry also reflects on the various definitions of apologetic or polemic as relevant sacred texts and analyzes reformist tafsirs with careful attention to argument, literary context, and rhetoric in order to illuminate the methods, positions, and horizons of the exegeses.

Scriptural Polemics provides both a critical engagement with the tafsirs and a lucid and original sounding of Qur'anic language, logic, and dilemmas, showing how the dynamic and varied reformistintepretations of these passages open the way for a less polemical approach to other religions.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: The Koran
  • ISBN: 9780199359363

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