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Title: The Formation of the Classical Tafsir Tradition: The Qur'an Commentary of al-Tha'labi (d. 427/1035)
Author: Saleh, Walid
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2004
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004127777
Volumes: 1; Pages: x, 270
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This work is both an introduction to the genre of classical tafsir and a detailed study of one of its major architects, al-Tha'labi (d. 427/1035). The book offers a detailed study of the hermeneutical principles that governed al-Tha'labi's approach to the Qur'an, principles which became the norm in later exegetical works. It is divided into three main sections; the first outlines the life and times of the author; the second is a detailed study of his major exegetical work, al-Kashf; the third charts a brief history of the genre of tafsir through documenting the reactions of later exegetes to al-Kashf. This work brings together material never examined before and tries to offer a new way of understanding the history of classical Qur'an exegesis.