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The significance of treaties lies in the fact that it represents a point of intersection for many issues: Islamic-Jewish and Islamic- Christian interactions, internal Islamic polemics regarding the manner of approaching the Qurʿān, the status of the Bible in Muslim imagination, and the history of Quranic exegesis. This chapter provides an overview of the book whose purpose is to situate the text in its proper historical context, and to make it available to the scholarly community. The treatise, al-Aqwāl al-qawīmah fī ukm al-naql min al-kutub al-qadīmah, was written by al-Biqāʿī, a famous Qurān commentator who lived in the last days of Mamluk rule in the Near East. The Bible treatise of al-Biqāʿī would have been simply a curiosity, were it not for his Qur ān commentary, which indeed uses the Bible to interpret the Qur ān.

Keywords: al-Aqwāl; al-Biqāʿī; Islamic religious tradition; Qurʿān



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