Tafsir al-Maturidi

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Ta'wilat al-Qur'an
EditorAhmet Vanlıoğlu
AuthorAbu Mansur al-Maturidi
Original titleTa'wilat al-Qur'an (also Ta'wilat Ahl al-Sunna)[1]
TranslatorTranslated into Turkish by Bekir Topaloğlu, Mehmet Erdoğan, İbrahim Tüfekçi, S. Kemal Sandıkçı, Fadıl Ayğan, Yunus Vehbi Yavuz
Cover artistHalil Yılmaz
CountryMa Wara' al-Nahr (the land which lies beyond the river), Transoxiana (Central Asia)
LanguageArabic, Turkish
PublisherMizan Yayınevi, Ensar Neşriyat
Followed byKitab al-Tawhid 

Ta'wilat Ahl al-Sunnah (Arabic: تأويلات أهل السنة, lit.'Interpretations of the People of the Sunnah') or Ta'wilat al-Qur'an (Arabic: تأويلات القرآن, lit.'Interpretations of the Qur'an'), better known as Tafsir al-Maturidi (Arabic: تفسير الماتريدي), is a classical Sunni tafsir (Qur'anic exegesis), written by the Hanafi scholar Abu Mansur al-Maturidi (d. 333/944), who was a contemporary of al-Tabari.[2][3][4][5]

Al-Maturidi prefers to combine the traditional and rational sources. Consequently, it can be identified as the exegesis that amalgamates traditional exegesis (Tafsir bi al-Ma'thur — which is interpretation based on tradition or text) with rational exegesis (Tafsir bi al-Ra'y — which is exegesis based on independent opinion).[6]

Al-Maturidi often indicates what the theological or sectarian issues at stake in debates over the meanings of a given verse or passage of scripture. He defended wisely, reasonably and strongly the doctrinal views of Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama'ah on the valid basis available in the Qur'an.[7]

According to a later commentator on this work, 'Alā' al-Din Ahmad b. Muhammad Abu Bakr al-Samarqandi (d. around 540/1145), al-Maturidi did not write the Ta'wilat himself; rather, it is a compilation of his teachings that was prepared by his students. This is possible, as in some parts of the text the line of argument is rather convoluted and repetitious and does not appear to have been composed by a single author.[8]

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  1. ^ Issa J. Boullata, ed. (2000). Literary Structures of Religious Meaning in the Qu'ran. Curzon Press. p. 73. ISBN 9780700712564.
  2. ^ Qahtan 'Abd al-Rahman al-Duri (January 2016). Al-'Aqidah al-Islamiyyah wa Madhahibuha. ISBN 9782745171962. {{cite book}}: |website= ignored (help)
  3. ^ Magdy Za'bal, ed. (January 2010). Al-Hiwar al-'Arabi al-Turki Hawla Qadaya al-Islam fi Asya al-Wusta. ISBN 9796500166018. {{cite book}}: |website= ignored (help)
  4. ^ "Te'vîlâtül Kur'ân Tercümesi 1". Siyer Yayınları (in Turkish). Ensar Neşriyat.
  5. ^ Murtada al-Zabidi (January 2016). "Ithaf al-Sada al-Muttaqin". Google Books (in Arabic).
  6. ^ Ahmad Choirul Rofiq (2009). "The Methodology of al-Maturidi's Qur'anic Exegesis: Study of Ta'wilat Ahl al-Sunnah". Al-Jami'ah: Journal of Islamic Studies. Al-Qalam Journal. 47 (2): 317–342. doi:10.14421/ajis.2009.472.317-342.
  7. ^ Dr. Israr Ahmed Khan. "العلامة أبو منصور الماتريدي ومنهج تفسيره". aljamiah.or.id. Al-Jami'ah Journal of Islamic Studies.
  8. ^ Aisha Geissinger (2015). Gender and Muslim Constructions of Exegetical Authority: A Rereading of the Classical Genre of Qur'an Commentary. Brill Academic Publishers. pp. 21–22. ISBN 9789004294448.

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