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Title: Ibn Qutaybah's contribution to Qur'anic studies
Author: Al-Matali, M. K.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1993
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In this present thesis, we are concerned with the distinguished scholar Ibn Qutaybah al-Dinawari who wrote on several fields of knowledge, such as Qur'=anic studies, Traditions of the Prophet, Theology and Arabic literature and language. The field of Ibn Qutaybah's Qur'=anic studies (exegesis and the other Qur'=anic sciences) has not received much attention from modern scholars. There is therefore a need to investigate this, especially those points which may have been discussed by him for the first time in Islamic scholarship. Thus this thesis will be concerned with Ibn Qutaybah's contribution to Qur'=anic studies. He wrote two books concerning the interpretation of the obscure passages of the Qur'=an (Ta'wil Mushkil al-Qu'=an) and the difficult words of it (Tafsir Gharib al-Qur'=an). Other books which have a bearing on this matter are al-Ikhtil=af fi al-Lafz wa-al-Radd 'Al=a al-Jahmiyyah wa-al-Mushabbihah, in which he gives a clear account of the dispute concerning the creation of the Qur'=an and its utterances; al-Mas=a'il wa-al-Ajwibah and Ta'wil Mukhtalif al-Hadith, in which he generally discusses some of the Qur'=anic verses. He also wrote other books on Qur'=anic sciences which have been mentioned in early sources; these are: Ma'=an=i al-Qur'=an; I'r=ab al-Qur'=an; al-Qir=a'=at; and =Ad=ab al-Qir=a'ah. In this thesis we shall discuss these works in general, and in particular we will give a general account of Ibn Qutaybah's life and works, and an investigation of certain subjects to which he pays particular attention. These will include the science of the obscure and ambiguous verses of the Qur'=an; exegesis by relation; Arabic grammar, philology and figure of speech (including i'j=az al-Qur'=an); the readings of the Qur'=an; the Qur'=anic sciences; and finally the issue of the creation of the Qur'=an and its utterances. In the course of his discussion, Ibn Qutaybah details most of the accusations against the Qur'=an in these areas, gives a clear account and refutes them all. The thesis will investigate all these matters in detail in order to elucidate his views and his contributions to Qur'=anic studies.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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