The Spirit and the Letter

This volume is the first to focus specifically on esoteric interpretation as a phenomenon in the field of Qur’anic exegesis and to show the plurality of ways it has been manifested in different Muslim traditions. Concern with the inner, spiritual implications of the


Tafsir and Islamic Intellectual History: Exploring the Boundaries of a Genre

This book constitutes the first comprehensive attempt at describing the genre of Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir) in its broader intellectual context. Its aim is to provide a framework for understanding the boundaries of tafsir and its interaction with other disciplines of learning, as well as the subgenres and internal divisions within the genre.


IIS Publishes the Ninth Volume in the Qur’anic Studies Series

The IIS is pleased to announce the publication of Aims, Methods and Contexts of Qur’anic Exegesis (2nd/8th-9th/15th c.), edited by Dr Karen Bauer, Research Associate in the Qur’anic Studies Unit. Although many books and articles use tafsir as a source, this is the first volume dedicated to exploring tafsir as a genre.

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