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Mufassir


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The writer of a commentary on the Quran. The word likely had its earliest usage in the tenth century, designating a specific group of people; prior to that other terms such as ahl al-tawil (people of interpretation) were used. Most significant religious scholars saw the role of mufassir as part of being a jurist, theologian, and grammarian. In modern times, the activity has become laicized and no longer necessarily designates someone with formal religious training or an exceptional ability in grammar and history.

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