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Although the exemplar of the Fuṣūṣ al-ḥikam has mysteriously disappeared shortly after its composition, the earliest copy in al-Qūnawī’s hand has survived. Having been collated with the orginal, read in front of Ibn al-ʿArabī, and signed by him, it stands as the vetustissimus and optimus. This edition is established on its reading and is checked against ʿAfīfī’s classic. Besides a fully vocalized text, it provides an appended facsimile of the manuscript.

The introductory section is the first comprehensive study that tracks the whole story of the manuscript and attempts to identify possible scattered traces of the lost original. It reviews attitudes towards the text, as well as a century of scholarly research on it, and illustrates key concepts of the Master’s doctrine to help contextualize the book contents.
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Qur'an manuscripts are a growing field of research: art historians, specialists of the text, historians of the Muslim communities through the ages and the areas are exploring new avenues which are illustrated in this book. From the Western part of the Islamicate world to India, from the early decades of Islam to the fifteenth century, from the glamorous Blue Qur'an to the modest copies circulating in sixteenth-century Spain, the authors of the various papers draw the attention to the many ways.
ما وراء الحكاية: دراسات أخلاقية في القصة القرآنية
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Behind the Story: Ethical Readings of Qurʾānic Narratives is a pivotal work that presents groundbreaking research on the Qurʾānic narrative as a literary genre with profound moral significance. It underscores the genre's integral role in shaping Islamic moral thought, as manifested in areas like Islamic law, theology, Sufism, politics, and art. The book offers insightful interpretations of various Qurʾānic narratives, delving into their ethical dimensions and challenges. It also examines their historical reception and influence across both Muslim and non-Muslim scholarship, covering diverse disciplines such as mysticism, art, and applied ethics. This volume stands as an invaluable resource for scholars and students seeking a deeper understanding of the Qurʾānic narrative and its multifarious interpretations in the context of Islamic Studies and beyond.

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Taira Amin, Halla Attallah, Bilal Badat, Fatih Ermiş, Mohammad Fadel, Hannelies Koloska, Samer Rashwani, Emmanuelle Stefanidis, and Devin Stewart.

ما وراء الحكاية: دراسات أخلاقية في القصة القرآنية، يعالج هذا الكتاب القَصص القرآني من حيث هو نوعٌ أدبي ذو مضمون أخلاقي في المقام الأول، الأمر الذي لم يَحظَ بالنظر العلمي والمنهجي من قبل؛ على الرغم من تأثيره العميق في حقول الفقه والكلام والتصوف والسياسة والأخلاق والفن، وغيرها. يقدم القسم الأول قراءات تأويلية تسعى للكشف عن المفاهيم والمبادئ والأسئلة الأخلاقية التي يثيرها القصص القرآني، بينما يكشف القسم الثاني عن تاريخ تلقيها وتأثيرها في فنون عديدة تشمل التصوف والأدب والعمارة والأخلاق التطبيقية. هذا الكتاب لبنة جديدة في منهج دراسة القصص القرآني، ويطمح إلى أن يكون مرجعاً لا غنى عنه للباحثين والطلاب المشتغلين في حقول الدراسات القرآنية، والأخلاق النظرية والتطبيقية، والتصوف، والفنون، والدراسات الإسلامية عمومًا.

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فاتح إرمش، وطاهرة أمين، وبلال بادات، وسامر رشواني، وإيمانويلا ستيفانيديس، وديفين ستيوارت، وهالة عطاء الله، ومحمد فاضل، وهانيليس كولوسكا.
From the Polynoia of Scripture to the Homonoia of Exegesis
This book is about the articulation of ethics in the Qurʾān and the tafsīr tradition. Based on an examination of several apparently problematic Qurʾānic narrative pericopes and how the exegetes grappled with them, the book demonstrates that the moral world of the Qurʾān is polyvalent and non-linear, owing, above all, to its intrinsic ethical antinomies and textual ambiguities. That is, the book contends that paradox and uncertainty are both constituents of the Qurʾān’s ethical architectonics, and that through these constituents the Qurʾān charts a system of ethics that seeks to tread in the midst of a non-ideal world rife with uncertainty.
The book also argues that the tafsīr tradition tends to erode the hermeneutical openness of the Qurʾān and, thereby, limits the Qurʾān’s ethical potential. The book, thus, advances our understanding of Qurʾānic ethics and contributes to the field of tafsīr studies and to the scholarship on Qurʾānic hermeneutics.
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This article discusses a discovery made by the author involving the wrong manuscript of calligrapher Şekerzâde being printed by the Ottoman Empire. It was initially illegal to sell printed copies of the Qurʾan in Ottoman lands, as cutting letters of the verses was deemed disrespectful. After foreign-printed copies began circulating, the position of the Ottoman government was forced to change. Thereby, the Ministry of Education, led by Ahmed Cevdet Pasha, was commissioned to produce a printed Qurʾan. However, the governmental body accidentally printed a manuscript that Şekerzâde wrote in Istanbul, while indicating it was the Qurʾan he wrote in Medina. Through careful examination, including translations of the inscriptions, this error was noticed for the first time. This paper presents an introduction to Ottoman reverence for the Qurʾan, a history of the printing process, background information of Ahmed Cevdet Pasha, and evidence regarding the mistake made when printing the manuscript.

In: Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies
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In: Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies

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ʿAbdullāh ibn Masʿūd was among the most influential companions of the prophet, and because of his great status in the knowledge of the Qurʾān, it is quite probable that he influenced some canonical readings. Since in that period emphasis became in conformity with that later named as ʿUṯmān’s Muṣḥaf, the reading of Ibn Masʿūd took two forms known as pre-ʿUṯmān and post-ʿUṯmān readings. The pre-ʿUṯmān readings may or may not match the textual skeleton (rasm), while the post-ʿUṯmān readings conform it. This is despite the fact that some of canonical readings are famous for their presentation Ibn Masoud’s reading in accordance with the rasm. This article examines this idea by a comparison between the reading of Ibn Masʿūd and the seven canonical readings in terms of 108 items together with a detailed examination of their 112 shared features. It reveals that the readings of Ḥamza and al-Kisāʾī were the most similar ones to the reading of Ibn Masʿūd with 97 and 79 items in common, respectively. A detailed examination of these items shows that Ḥamza has made his best effort to incorporate into his reading as most shared features with Ibn Masʿūd’s reading as possible, while orthographic limitations let him. This is why his reading has sometimes prioritized meaning over syntactic correctness. Al-Kisāʾī has disputed Ḥamza’s reading in 18 cases, because he believed that Ḥamza’s reading failed to accurately represent Ibn Masʿūd’s in them.

In: Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies

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In Malaysia, there is a need to provide ḥalāl certification for vaccine products. In 2019, the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM), together with other relevant government agencies and the pharmaceutical industry, improved and expanded the scope and standards of Malaysian Standard MS 2424 Halal Pharmaceuticals-General Requirements, which serves as a general reference for ḥalāl pharmaceutical and vaccine products. It is a step in the right direction. However, ḥalāl certification for vaccine products cannot be implemented due to the lack of a clear legal framework based on Islamic principles derived from Qurʾan, Hadith, and other related legal sources. Furthermore, before this, the status of vaccine products was established through fatwas issued by the authority and not through the ḥalāl certification process. This is because, if ḥalāl certification is given to vaccine products, there may be public rejection of vaccine products that do not have ḥalāl certification, and this could occur during a public health emergency. The objective of this study was to analyse the Islamic principles in determining the ḥalāl vaccine certification. To achieve this objective, qualitative approaches have been used in this research. Data were collected through document analysis and semi-structured interviews with individuals directly involved in the ḥalāl vaccines sector in Malaysia. The findings of this study show that, in implementing ḥalāl vaccine certification, there are several Islamic principles based on Qurʾan and Hadith that can be used in the certification of ḥalāl vaccine products. These include the Principle of Ḥalāl Substances, Ḍarūrah, Maṣlaḥah, Iḥtiyāṭ, Istiḥālah Tāmmah, Istiḥlāk and Fatwā.

In: Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies

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In the Qurʾan, the sense of hearing and its agent the ear are both linked to the heart whereas sight and its organ the eye are associated with the head. The sense of hearing, which is a channel to spiritual knowledge, is privileged to the sense of sight, the gateway to the realm of carnal knowledge. The ear and the heart are channels to the sphere of absence while the eye and the head are associated with the realm of presence. Knowledge of the world of absence is twofold: The first incarnates in the type of knowledge obtained from God and his angels and the other is that which is acquired from Satan and Jinn. The primacy of the ear over the eye is further substantiated by the Qurʾanic repudiation of the charges that the origin of the Prophet Muhammad’s words is fables breathed into his ears from the underworld of absence.

In: Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies

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The teaching of Quranic recitation in Malaysia is increasingly showcasing dynamism within the mainstream education system. However, challenges persist, particularly at the higher education level where courses in this field are offered. The readiness of lecturers is a key factor in students’ preparedness to acquire knowledge and skills. Quality lecturers should equip themselves with contemporary teaching skills, encompassing creative strategies, approaches, methods, and techniques. In this context, if Quranic recitation teaching is not well-planned and engaging, understanding the recitation becomes increasingly difficult for students, leading to boredom and low motivation throughout the teaching and learning process. Therefore, this study aims to develop the innovative teaching module design for Taranum Bayyātī incorporates audio-visual aids with simplistic melodies and directional illustrations as alternative reference guides for Quranic recitation course lecturers in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). This study applies the framework of Design and Development Research (DDR), focusing solely on the design phase. In this design phase, the researcher has adapted two teaching models, namely the al-Qābisī Quranic Teaching Model and the Quranic Recitation Teaching Model for Higher Education Institutions (MPTQ-IPT), to form six teaching components in MIPT-Bayyātī. Furthermore, the production of audio-visual materials based on MIPT-Bayyātī is grounded in Mayer’s cognitive multimedia theory. In conclusion, the design of MIPT-Bayyātī can assist lecturers in enhancing Quranic recitation teaching and students’ mastery of Quranic recitation skills.

In: Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies