The Qur’an has been a miracle and guidance from God for all generations from the time it was compiled and written on fronds of date trees, animal skins and bones together with the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad through today’s computerized era. The trend of writing inimitably seems to have abated, but the publication of Islamic literature on Qur’anic scientific exegesis is on the rise. This article analyzes the intellectual value of four traditional prominent Muslim theologians and philosophers: al-Ghazali (d.505H), al-Razi (606H), al-Zarkashi (d.794H), and al-Suyuti (d.911H) in dealing with the scientific exegesis. They were thinkers and theologians who brought to comprehensive realization the intellectual project of the Islamic scientific exegesis in their celebrated works: Jewels of the Qur’an, Mafatih al-Ghayb, al-Burhan fi ‘Ulum al-Qur’an and, al-Itqan fi ‘Ulum al-Qur’an,. In these works, they did not simply apply academic theories in interpreting the natural verses of the Qur’an (ayat kawniyyat). Instead they served as mediators (wasilah) in comprehending the inimitability of the holy Qur’an in total precision.
|Keywords:||Intellectual, Muslim Theologians, Scientific Exegesis|
Postgraduate Student, School of Government and International Affairs, University of Durham, Durham, Great Britain, UK
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