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The Qurʾān Commentaries of Šams al-Dīn al-Ḫuwayyī (583/1193-637/1247)

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  • 1 Department of Arabic, Bar Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael
  • | 2 Department of Arabic, Bar Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael
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Abstract

Did Faḫr al-Dīn al-Rāzī complete his great Koranic commentary? Scholars have suggested that al-Rāzī’s disciple Šams al-Dīn al-Ḫuwayyī may have contributed to the final tafsīr, but were unable to come to any definitive conclusions, partly because they had no tafsīr by al-Ḫuwayyī that could be used for comparison. In fact, we know of two commentaries of al-Ḫuwayyī: a section of his encyclopedia which displays explorations into seven selected suwar, and some snippets of a different tafsīr that are preserved by al-Suyūṭī. These two important sources are described in this notice. We also briefly mention some first-hand encounters of al-Ḫuwayyī with his master al-Rāzī, as they are reported in the former’s encyclopedia.

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