Spiritual Gems: The Mystical Qur'an Commentary Ascribed by the Sufis to Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq (d. 148/765) (The Fons Vitae Qur'anic Commentary Series) (Paperback)

Spiritual Gems: The Mystical Qur'an Commentary Ascribed by the Sufis to Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq (d. 148/765) (The Fons Vitae Qur'anic Commentary Series) By Ja'far al-Sadiq, Farhana Mayer (Translated by) Cover Image

Spiritual Gems: The Mystical Qur'an Commentary Ascribed by the Sufis to Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq (d. 148/765) (The Fons Vitae Qur'anic Commentary Series) (Paperback)

By Ja'far al-Sadiq, Farhana Mayer (Translated by)

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The Arabic follows the text of Paul Nwyia's edition, including the lack of markings on the Arabic text of the Qur'an, per the request of the translator. Paul Nwyia came from a generation of scholars who subscribed to the notion that all the text in a manuscript, including Qur'anic passages, should match the manuscript text exactly. The majority of modern scholars in the field, however, no longer hold this view; rather, they believe that tafsir scholars would not have objected to the later addition of diacritical marks to the Qur'anic text as necessary, and in fact, would have expected this to be done. This is because they did not consider the Qur'anic passages as part of their own work; these passages could then be altered according to the received text of the Qur'an. The evidence for this view can be found in a number of texts on manuscript editing.

Ja‘far al-Sadiq is believed to be the sixth infallible Imam, or spiritual leader, and successor to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. He is the founder of Shia fiqh, known as Ja'fari jurisprudence. He was an astronomer, an alchemist, an Islamic scholar and theologian, a writer, a philosopher, a physician, and a physicist. Farhana Mayer studied Arabic and Islamic studies, specialising in Qur’anic hermeneutics, at the University of Oxford, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In addition to her independent research on interpretations of the Qur’an, she has worked for the Islamic Texts Society, Cambridge, and is currently with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, where she is a researcher and editor in the Qur’anic Studies Unit. She is co-volume editor of volume one of the IIS/OUP Anthology of Qur’anic Commentaries series: On the Nature of God (2008).

Product Details ISBN: 9781891785306
ISBN-10: 1891785303
Publisher: Fons Vitae
Publication Date: December 1st, 2011
Pages: 189
Language: English
Series: The Fons Vitae Qur'anic Commentary Series