Shall we Interpret the Qur'an or Conform it to Modern Times? Cover Image

Kur’an’i tefsir mi, edelim yoksa çağa mi uyduralim?
Shall we Interpret the Qur'an or Conform it to Modern Times?

Author(s): Ahmet Nair
Subject(s): History of Islam, Contemporary Islamic Thought
Published by: Sage Yayınları
Keywords: Tafsir; Tavil; Historicalness; Modernization;

Summary/Abstract: The Holy Qu'ran is the final message to Mankind sent down by Allah, a message that also has the features of being the most-read and most- searched upon since its arrival. The methods to understand Qu'ran in our tradition are Tafsir and Te'vil. Tafsir, expressed by both Allah and His Rasul being the owner of the Islamic theology and his appointed messenger respectively, is carried out depending on the absolute information. Tavil, the non-absolute one, is to choose one of the possible meanings of the expression. The others are just the methods produced by imported minds who made the contradicting parts of different Bibles reasonable. Considering the statements of the Qu'ran as historical and the statements being contradictory with the values of the time, the demand for changing them can't be from a true Muslim mind. This false understanding that might take our holy book out of social life will be a useless effort for Islam.

  • Issue Year: 9/2017
  • Issue No: 34
  • Page Range: 106-120
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Turkish