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The QurʾĀn commentary, the bible controversy, and the treatise

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Seven years after al-Biqāʿī started working on his commentary, a controversy broke out as to whether quoting the Bible was a permissible act or not. The two phases in this controversy are distinct events involving different individuals. Al-Aqwāl is a two-pronged treatise which attempts to prove two points: that the religious use of the Bible is a legitimate Islamic activity, and that the Qurān commentary of al-Biqāʿī, Naẓm, is superior to any previous commentary before it. There are thus two major sections in the treatise. At first glance, the work looks like two books put together by the author for the sake of convenience. The treatise is divided into a preface, an introduction, eight chapters and a lengthy conclusion.

Keywords: Al-Aqwāl; al-Biqāʿī; Bible Controversy; Qurʾān; treatise



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