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Akhbari Qur'Anic Interpretation

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This chapter reviews the development and variety of Akhbārī doctrines in relation to the legal interpretation of the Qurʾān. The Akhbārī views on the Qurʾān as a distinct source of law has led some commentators to view Akhbarism as a continuation of earlier Shī ʿī doctrines concerning the integrity of the ʿUthmanic codex. The range of possible Akhbārī opinions outlined in the chapter can be used to position scholars contemporaneous with the rise and establishment of Akhbarism, but whose inclusion within the school was debateable. The range of Akhbārī approaches to the interpretation of the Qurʾanic text was settled quite early on in the dispute. By examining the positions of renowned Akhbārī scholars in detail, a range of internal Akhbārī opinion emerges, and with this range one is able to position scholars of disputed Akhbārī identity.

Keywords: Akhbārī doctrines; Qurʾanic Interpretation; Shī ʿī doctrines



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