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Ḥanbalite Commentary On The Bible: Analysis Of Najm Al-Dīn Al-Ṭūfī's (D. 716/1316) Al-Ta'līq

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Written with polemical intentions, this chapter contains al-Ṭūfī's critical comments and annotations on the Bible. In it he covers the four Gospels from the New Testament, while from the Old Testament the text deals with Genesis, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Jonah, Habakkuk and Malachi. Since there have been no studies exploring al-Ṭūfī's role and impact on Muslim-Christian dialogue and polemics, the chapter focuses on al-Ṭūfī's contribution to Muslim understanding of Christianity in the Middle Ages. A short introduction to his life and work is presented first, followed by a description of the time and circumstances in which al-Ṭūfī wrote his commentary. The chapter presents al-Ṭūfī's views regarding certain Christian beliefs. It shows that despite the similarities between the arguments employed by earlier polemicists and those of al-Ṭūfī, there is a striking originality in his approach and understanding of the relevant issues.

Keywords: Ḥanbalite commentary; Al-Ṭūfī; Al-Taʿlīq; Bible; Genesis; Gospels; Isaiah; Jeremiah; Muslim-Christian dialogue



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