Tafsir al-Qurtubi : Introduction,'
'General Judgements of the Qur'an and
Clarification of what it Contains of the
Sunnah and Ayahs of Discrimination,'
*[A4] Paperback - 102 pages,
by Imam Abu Abdullah al-Andalusi al-Qurtubi [d.671h],
Translated by Aisha Bewley,
Published by Diwan Press.
The tafsir of Imam al-Qurtubi is perhaps one of the most compendious of them all and is certainly among the most famous. As its title, al-Jami‘ li Ahkam al-Qur’an – The General Judgments of the Qur’an, suggests, its main focus is on the rulings and judgments to be found in the Qur’an. However, in the course of doing that, al-Qurtubi examines all the relevant sciences necessary, such as the hadith pertaining to the ayahs, events in the sirah, what the Companions, their Followers and other noted people of knowledge said about the ayahs, essential aspects of Arabic etymology, syntax and usage, copiously illustrated by examples, and much more.
In this Introduction, the author lays out some of the key themes of the Qur’an: Its virtues and the reciter’s; how to recite it; cautioning against showing off; what the one who knows the Qur’an must do and not neglect to do; learning its syntax; the excellence of tafsir; the excellence of the bearer of the Qur’an; the respect and esteem mandatory for the Qur’an; threats against engaging in tafsir by means of opinion (ra’y); the Book being explained by the Sunnah; how to learn and understand the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Prophet, peace be upon him; that it used to be easier to act by it than to memorise it; the words of the Prophet, peace be upon him; “The Qur’an was revealed in seven ahruf (dialects/modes)”; the seven readings; the collection of the Qur’an; the memorisation of the Qur’an by the Companions at the time of the Prophet, peace be upon him; the order of the surahs and ayahs of the Qur’an; the meaning of the words surah, ayah, kalimah (word) and harf (letter); non-Arabic words in the Qur’an; the inimitability of the Qur’an; hadiths forged about the excellence of the surahs of the Qur’an; refutation of those who attack the Qur’an; the Seeking Refuge with Allah from Shaytan and the Basmalah.
About Imam al-Qurtubi:
Abu ‘Abdullah Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Abi Bakr ibn Farh al-Ansari al-Khazraji al-Andalusi al-Qurtubi (610-11 AH/1214 CE – 671 AH/1273 CE) was born in Cordoba in Spain, but moved in 1236 to Cairo in Egypt, where he lived until his death. He was Maliki in fiqh, and although he composed other works, he is most famous for this tafsir.
Aisha Bewley is the translator of a large number of classical works of Islam and Sufism, often in collaboration with Abdalhaqq Bewley, notably The Noble Qur’an – a New Rendering of Its Meanings in English; Muhammad, Messenger of Allah – the translation of Qadi ‘Iyad’s ash-Shifa’; the Muwatta’ of Imam Malik ibn Anas; and Imam an-Nawawi’s Riyad as-Salihin.
NB: This work is just the Introduction to the actual Tafsir. The first few published volumes are on their way; June 2021.
Also see Tafsir al-Qurtubi Vol One,
Also see Tafsir and Tafsir Studies.
More Qur'anic Books.
Also see the Qur'anic Sciences.
*Dimensions : 24.3 x 16.8cm.