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The Origins Of Muslim Exegesis. A Debate

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Herbert Berg's conclusions concerning the "sanguine" approach are rejected. Instead it is shown that by a historical-critical analysis of early exegetical traditions available in later compilations it is not possible to recover the exegetical opinions of Ibn 'Abbās but only the exegeses of scholars belonging to the following generations. It was desirable to revise Berg 's study since his application of the isnād- cum-matn method is not sophisticated enough and not always accurate. This results in conclusions that are wrongly claimed to be in line with the ideas and the methodological approach of scholars such as Schoeler and myself. Therefore, the present study introduces a revised and more in-depth analysis of the early exegesis of Qur'ān 15:90-91. This chapter concludes that the application of Wansbrough's literary analysis is not really suitable for the dating of sources and historical reconstruction of the beginnings of Muslim exegesis .

Keywords: Herbert Berg; Ibn 'Abbās; Muslim exegesis



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