Fazlur Rahman’s Qur’ānic Hermeneutics: An overview
Islamic worldview addressed all aspects of human life. This whole ideological aura revolves round the Qur’ān--being the nerve center of intellectual tradition. The paper attempts to present the hermeneutical approach of Fazlur Rehman (d.1988). It will focus on how Rehman emphasized areas that have been neglected in Muslim understanding of the Qur’ān. Such areas are of utmost importance include, socio-historical context of the revelation, distinguishing the ideal from the contingent and cautious use of ḥadīth. Fazlur Rehman vehemently criticized the atomistic approach towards the Qur’ān and came up with a different narrative of understanding the Qur’ānic discourse. The paper will also give brief overview of double-movement theory, and important hermeneutical tool in the thesis of Fazlur Rehman.
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