Renewing Qur’anic Studies in the Contemporary World

Nasr Hamid Abu‐Zayd

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Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199812264
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919383 | DOI:
Renewing Qur’anic Studies in the Contemporary World

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In Chapter Fourteen, “Renewing Qur’anic Studies in the Contemporary World,” the late Professor Abu-Zayd, who was forced to flee Egypt because of his work, emphasizes that blasphemy and apostasy accusations are used “strategically” to prevent the reform of Muslim societies. His essay stresses the diversity in contemporary and historical Islam and outlines the varied modes of interpretation used by Muslims. In particular, while carefully never reducing Islam to history, it emphasizes that we need to understand its historical context: “how it developed in Arabia and other parts of the world.” Only in this way can we understand how Islam should be manifest in our own place and time.

Keywords: Qur’an; ahistorical; fundamentalism; Mu’tazilites; hadith

Chapter.  2401 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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