Sufi commentary on the Qur’an by ‘Abd al-Razzaq al-Kashani (Vol 1)

Feras Hamza



The Sufi commentary on the Qur’an by ‘Abd al-Razzaq al-Kashani (Ta’wilat al-Qur’an)—long believed to have been written by Muhyi al-Din Ibn ‘Arabi (d. 1240)—is one of the masterpieces of Sufi exegesis. It is a complete commentary on the Qur’an, commenting on every chapter but not on every verse. A Sufi Commentary on the Qur’an is the first translation into English of this seminal work.

Though little is known about the life of ‘Abd al-Razzaq al-Kashani (d. between 1329-35), it is accepted that he studied under Mu’ayyid al-Din al-Jandi, who himself had studied with Sadr al-Din Qunawi, the stepson of Ibn ‘Arabi and leading exponent of Akbarian doctrine. Despite the paucity of information on his life, Kashani is recognised for the significant contribution he made to the school of Ibn ‘Arabi; his influence and legacy lie in his systemisation of the ideas and thoughts of Ibn ‘Arabi. The central theme of Kashani’s commentary on the Qur’an is gnosis or direct experiential knowledge of God: the seeker of the Divine is to engage in dedicated spiritual exertion in conformity with the Sacred Law until the heart becomes illuminated.

The Ta’wilat al-Qur’an has been translated in two volumes: Volume I includes the commentary from the first Chapter, The Opening (al-Fatiha), until the eighteenth Chapter, The Cave (al-Kahf); while Volume II includes the commentary from Chapter nineteen, Mary (Maryam), to the end of the Qur’an.

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Feras Hamza is associate professor in international studies at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. He previously taught Middle Eastern Studies at the American University in Dubai. Hamza worked at the Institute of Ismaili Studies from 2003 to 2008, initially as a postdoctoral fellow and then as research associate, teaching courses on Islamic history, the Qur’an, and the tafsir (interpretation/exegesis) tradition. He was principal editor of the Anthology of Qurʾanic Commentaries vol 1: on the Nature of the Divine (2008) and has published a complete translation of the popular Muslim Qurʾan commentary Tafsir al-Jalalayn (2004), a first volume of Kashani’s Ta’wilat al-Qur’an, as well as contributions to The Ismailis: An Illustrated History (2008) and the Encyclopedia of Religion. Hamza completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford in 2001 with a dissertation on afterlife theology in the early Muslim community, having previously earned degrees in Hispanic studies and Russian from London University.