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Title: Tafsīr Al-Qur'ān, attr. to 'Abdullāh b. 'Abbās (d.68/668) : a commentary on the Sūrat al-Fātiḥa and Sūrat al-Baqara : analytical study and edition
Author: Okeh, Atefa
ISNI:       0000 0004 2676 6565
Awarding Body: University of Wales, Lampeter
Current Institution: University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Date of Award: 2008
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This research is an analytical study and an edition of Sürat al-Fätiha and Sürat al-Baqara from a copy of the manuscript that is the tafsir ascribed to Ibn 'Abbas according to the transmission of al-Kalbi from Abü Sälih. Historians reckon some ninety-eight copies of this manuscript exist, some complete and others partial commentaries, as mentioned in the Fahras al-Shimil. I have relied upon the main copy extant at Markaz Juma ` al-Mäjid, Dubai, cross-referencing it against three separate manuscripts and the printed Tanwir al- Migbäs. The study concludes that the text is neither the authorship nor the direct narration of Ibn `Abbas but is likely to be the work of al-Kalbi. This is based on a careful and detailed presentation of the life of Ibn `Abbas, his knowledge, his scholarship in exegesis, the sources upon which he relied for his exegesis, methodology and the aspects and subjects he treated therein; The aim of this chapter is to ascertain what the probability is of the edited text being the work of Ibn `Abbas, the probability that al-Kalbi has transmitted it from him, and if not, then is it correct to posit that al-Kalbi is its author ? Also, the life of al-Kalb-i, his works in tafsir, his style, methodology and his contributions to the field of exegesis. Also the study concludes that the printed Tanwir al-Migbäs is the same in transmission, with some differences in words order or commentaries with the other manuscripts, we used in this study. I have divided the study into two parts: an analytical study of the text and edition. The study includes a biography of Ibn `Abbas covering his social and intellectual life in order to ascertain whether there is any truth in the ascription of the manuscript to him. There is also an account of the life of al-Kalbi, the alleged reporter of this tafsir, and the one who ascribes it to Ibn `Abbas, covering similar aspects as that for Ibn `Abbas, in order to shed some light on whether there is a possibility that he is the author of the manuscript. R , ere is also a comparative study on some aspects that appear in the manuscript with other books in tafsir. After this I undertake an analytical study of the manuscript to clarify its methodology in tafsTr by way of presenting the sources of tafsir it uses and the subjects it covers along with its style. Also included are the characteristics of the manuscript with a conclusion covering the results found. The second part of this study is an edition of al-Fätiha and al-Baqara taken from the manuscript and in Arabic. The edition involved the following: inserting of grammatical inflections to verses of the Qur'än and numbering, writing of the verses in a font (Kufic script) differentiating them from the rest of the text, referencing of hadith from their sources, the inserting of grammatical inflections on unusual or unclear words and an explanation of their meanings, correction of typographical errors, indications of variant readings of verses if required, biographies of personalities and the identification of countries, places and tribes.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc. ; PI Oriental languages and literatures