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Anthropomorphism and interpretation of the Qur’an in the theology of al-Qasim ibn Ibrahim (Binyamin ABRAHAMOV)

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Binyamin Abrahamov est professeur à l’Université de Bar Ila, en Israël. Il est spécialiste de la littérature exégétique en Islam.


The present work deals with anthropomorphism and interpretation of the Qur’ān in the theology of the Zaidite imam al-Qāsim ibn Ibrāhīm (785-860 A.D.). The edition and annotated translation of al-Qāsim’s epistle Kitāb al-mustarshid is preceded by a detailed introduction, which treats early Islamic theology. For the abrogation of the literal meanings of Qur’ānic anthropomorphic expressions, the author uses similes, idioms and phrases in Arabic, pieces of evidence from ancient Arabic poetry and rational arguments which often reflect the Mu‘tazilite ways of dealing with anthropomorphism. The second subject, the place of the Qur’ān in al-Qāsim’s writings and his methods of interpretation of the Qur’ān, bears directly upon his doctrines in general and upon his doctrine of anti-anthropomorphism in particular, and also contributes to the understanding of the development of Qur’ānic exegesis in the first half of the ninth century.

Table des matières

Introduction to kitab al mustarshid,
The Qur’an in al- Qasim’s writings,
Al Qasim’s Ways of Interpretation of the Qur’an,
The manuscripts,
Text and Translation,
General index,
Index of Qur’an Verses

(Source Brill)

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