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Shaping a Qur’anic Worldview, Scripture and Politics in the Era of Al-Ma’mun par Vanessa De Gifis (Mai 2014).

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(De Gifis) Vanessa, Shaping a Qur’anic Worldview, Scripture and Politics in the Era of Al-Ma’mun, Arlington, Routledge, ("Routledge Studies in the Qur’an"), 2014, 224 p.


Vanessa De Gifis est Maitre de conference a la Wayne Sate University du College of Liberal Arts & Science.


Exploring the subjectivity of the Qur?an’s meaning in the world, this book analyses Qur?anic referencing in Muslim political rhetoric.

Informed by classical Arabic-Islamic rhetorical theory, the author examines Arabic documents attributed to the ?Abbasid Caliph al-Ma?mun (r. 813-833), whose rule coincided with the maturation of classical Islamic political thought and literary culture. She demonstrates how Qur?anic referencing functions as tropological exegesis, whereby verses in the Qur?an are reinterpreted through the lens of subjective experience. At the same time socio-historical experiences are understood in terms of the Qur?an’s moral typology, which consists of interrelated polarities that define good and bad moral characters in mutual orientation. Through strategic deployment of scriptural references within the logical scheme of rhetorical argument, the Caliph constructs moral analogies between paradigmatic characters in the Qur?an and people in his social milieu, and situates himself as moral reformer and guide, in order to persuade his audiences of the necessity of the Caliphate and the religio-moral imperative of obedience to his authority.

The Ma?munid case study is indicative of the nature and function of Qur?anic referencing across historical periods, and thus contributes to broader conversations about the impact of the Qur?an on the shaping of Islamic civilization. This book is an invaluable resource for those with an interest in Early Islamic History, Islam and the rhetoric of contemporary Middle East regional and global Islamic politics.

Table des matieres

Introduction 1 Circumstances of Referencing 2 Techniques of Referencing 3 Civil War 4 Foreign Relations and Jihad 5 The Mihna Conclusion: The Qur’an’s Meaning in the World

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