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Suleiman Ali Mourad
Smith College (Northampton, MA 01060-2916)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2007 – 6/30/2008

The Mu‘tazila's Contribution to Islam: A Study of Their Theology and Hermeneutics in the Exegesis of al-Jushami

A study of Mu‘tazila doctrinal theology and Qur’anic hermeneutics as preserved in AL-TAHDHIB FI TAFSIR AL-QUR’AN by al-Jushami (d. 1101 CE). This Qur’anic exegesis is a significant repository of Mu‘tazila teachings, and the study will determine its organizational and methodological structure, range of doctrines it promotes and anchors in Islam's Holy Scripture, and impact on later exegetes. The project's importance is that it allows for a better-informed knowledge about the Mu‘tazila, an influential yet understudied group, whose members made great contribution to Islamic theology and hermeneutics. It will also highlight the richness and diversity of the Islamic tradition, and relevance of Mu‘tazila rational theology to modern Muslim trends.