Critical Hermeneutics. Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives in Turkey on the Understanding and Interpretation of the Qur’an, Leyde, Brill, ("Texts and Studies on the Qurʾān; 22"), 2023, ? p. ISBN: 978-90-04-53787-3
Yusuf Çelik, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and Islam, and member of the research group Digital Approaches to Sacred Texts at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh on Qur’anic hermeneutics.
The Turkish market of Qur’an translations and studies is exceedingly oversaturated. Critics find some of these lacking in proper hermeneutical judgment, impelling them to reflect on the conditions of judicious Qur’anic exegesis. These reflections have remained relatively unexplored in English academic literature. In Critical Hermeneutics, Çelik explores and compares the hermeneutical philosophies of three Turkish intellectuals, namely Alpyağıl, Cündioğlu, and Öztürk. By exploring their philosophical views on subjectivity and objectivity in the context of interpreting the Qur’an, Çelik draws major implications for reading the Qur’an in new and different ways.
2. What is Qurʾanic hermeneutics?
3. A Case Against Subjectivity and Relativism: The Hermeneutics of Dücane Cündioğlu
4. Subjective Bearing is more Fundamental to Understanding than Objective Method: The Hermeneutics of Recep Alpyağıl
5. Between Subjective Scruples and Objective Historical Reconstruction: The Hermeneutics of Mustafa Öztürk
6. Truth, Subjectivity, and Method
7. Surplus and Futurity of Meaning: The Status of New and Divergent Readings of the Qurʾan
8 Final Reflections on the State of Qurʾanic Hermeneutics in Turkey