Qur’anic Exegesis and Said Nursi’s Exegetical Methodology
While Chap. 3 presents the main features of modern exegesis, this chapter analyses natures and functions of the Islamic disciplines in the classical period, focusing on what happened to these disciplines in the modern period. After clarifying the methodological reforms in the Islamic disciplines argued by the modernist intellectuals, the chapter provides Nursi’s approach in this context. Then, the chapter scrutinizes the exegetical principles of Nursi on tafsır bi-al-ma’thūr (tradition-based exegesis) and tafsır bi-al-ra’y (reason-based exegesis) with special reference to the views of the early Muslim modernist thinkers.