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Der Islam

Journal of the History and Culture of the Middle East

Ed. by Heidemann, Stefan / Hagen, Gottfried / Kaplony, Andreas / Matthee, Rudi

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Volume 95, Issue 2


The al-Wāḍiḥ Tafsīr: Further Evidence for Author Identification, Relationship with Tafsīr al-Kalbī, and Literary Analysis

Nosrat Nilsaz
Published Online: 2018-11-09 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/islam-2018-0028


Several scholars of Islam have paid particular attention to the authorship, date of composition and typology of an abridged but comprehensive commentary on the Qurʾān. This commentary has been attributed to numerous authors throughout the course of history with such titles as Tafsīr al-Kalbī, Tafsīr al-Wāḍiḥ, Tafsīr Ibn ʿAbbās, and Tanwīr al-Miqbās min Tafsīr Ibn ʿAbbās. Evidence suggests that the original title of this tafsīr is al-Wāḍiḥ. However, in the introduction of the manuscript of al-Wāḍiḥ in Leiden the author claims that al-Wāḍiḥ is a summary of Tafsīr al-Kalbī. In this article further evidence for the determination of the author of the work is analysed. In addition it will demonstrate the relationship between al-Wāḍiḥ and Tafsīr al-Kalbī, establishing the reliability of the author’s introduction in the Leiden manuscript. Finally the text of al-Wāḍiḥ will be analysed thoroughly and carefully to ascertain whether there are any indications in the text that can be used for dating.

Keywords: dating; al-Wāḍiḥ; Tafsīr al-Kalbī; Tafsīr Ibn ʿAbbās; ʿAbd Allāh ibn Mubārak Dīnawarī; literary analysis

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Published Online: 2018-11-09

Published in Print: 2018-11-08

Citation Information: Der Islam, Volume 95, Issue 2, Pages 401–428, ISSN (Online) 1613-0928, ISSN (Print) 0021-1818, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/islam-2018-0028.

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