Publication: Keys to the Arcana: Shahrastani’s Esoteric Commentary on the Qur’an
Translator: Dr Toby Mayer
Questions addressed in the interview:
- What is the significance to scholarship of presenting Shahrastani’s Keys to the Arcana?
- Who was Shahrastani?
- What was the historical and intellectual context of his Qur’an commentary?
- Is Keys to the Arcana distinguished by any specific interpretative methodology?
- How does Shahrastani's commentary reflect Shi'i or, more specifically, Isma'ili influence?
- Does Shahrastani have a distinctive concept of the Qur’an and how is this reflected in the details of his commentary?
- What, if any, is the modern relevance of this text?