Journal article

Some reflections on the Contextualist approach to ethico-legal texts of the Quran

Abdullah Saeed

BULLETIN OF THE SCHOOL OF ORIENTAL AND AFRICAN STUDIES-UNIVERSITY OF LONDON | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2008

Abstract

A "contextualist" reading of the Quran is becoming increasingly popular, particularly among those Muslims referred to as "progressive-ijtihadis". One of the primary concerns of this reading is that in order to understand and interpret the ethico-legal content of the Quran and relate that content to the changing needs and circumstances of Muslims today, it is important to approach the text at different levels, giving a high degree of emphasis to the sociohistorical context of the text. In the classical tafsīr this emphasis on socio-historical context was not considered important, particularly in the interpretation of the ethico-legal texts, despite the frequent use of asbāb al-nuzūl literatur..

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