ISL230 Usul al-Tafsir (Methodology of Qur'anic Exegesis) (8)

This subject introduces students to the methodology of Qur'anic exegesis. The history of the development of Qur'anic exegetical method and its evolution over time will be addressed, together with the concept of revelation. A set of tools used in textual analysis will be introduced and modern exegetical issues concerning the Qur'an will also be discussed.


Session 3 (90)
United Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ISL230. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the history of the development of Qur'anic exegesis
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Qur'an through a methodical approach to its interpretation
  • be able to demonstrate a familiarity with the terminology used in Qur'anic exegesis
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the general principles of Qur'anic exegesis
  • be able to analyse and evaluate interpretations of the Qur'an in text and other literature
  • be able to apply exegetical methods to the interpretation of the Qur'an
  • be able to recognise different exegetical types
  • be able to demonstrate independent research, organisation, written and oral communication skills through the presentation of a substantial work.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to the methodology of the Qur'anic exegesis
  • Historic development of Qur'anic exegesis
  • The notion of wahy (revelation)
  • Transmission of the Qur'anic revelation
  • Form, structure and coherence of the Qur'an
  • Occasions of revelation (asbab al-nuzul) and Isra'iliyyat
  • Muhkam and Mutashabih (clear and ambigious verses) and the notion of naskh (abrogation)
  • Textual analysis and translation of the Qur'an
  • Mystical Interpretaion of the Qur'an
  • Western scholarship of the Qur'an

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ISL230 in Session 3 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Engagement & participation
Online quizzes
Presentation and paper

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.