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Reasons for a Scientific Portrayal of Nature in Medieval Commentaries on the Qur'ān

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My earlier research has shown that Nizām al-Dīn al-Nīsābūris (d. c. 1329 C.E.) portrayal of nature in his tafsīr was faithful to science and falsafa. In this paper, through more comparisons with Fahr al-Dīn al-Rāzī's(d. 1209 C.E.) tafsīr, we will find that additional scientific information enhances the reader's understanding of certain āyāt. I will investigate two specific cases in which Nīsābūrī proposed a physical explanation for how the motionsof the heavens could be an intermediary for God's control over terrestrial events. Finally, I will investigate the place of Nīsābūrī's portrayals of nature in his religious thought.


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