ISL331 Advanced Study of Tafsir (Qur'anic Exegesis) Literature (8)

This subject exposes students to different Qur'anic exegeses. It also includes development of different forms of exegeses; it will help students to see how Muslims have benefitted from the Qur'an. It will also consider the different ways in which the Qur'an has been interpreted as a source of understanding and implementation of Islamic jurisprudence and theology. It will explore traditional and contemporary interpretations of the Qur'an in the Islamic world and the West. It presents example passages from each classical exegetical works to show how they complement each other.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
United Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ISL331. 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 in-depth understanding of the major Qur'anic exegetical types and works
  • be able to analyse and evaluate exegetical methodology by studying selected passages from a range of exegesis works covering various exegesis genres
  • be able to demonstrate critical ability to deduct theological, legal and spiritual meanings from the Qur'anic verses by following exegetical methodology
  • be able to critically relate multiple meanings of the Qur'an in terms of how it is a source for multiple Islamic disciplines
  • be able to critically articulate theological, legal and spiritual knowledge and insights inherent in the Qur'an for everyday life


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to Qur'anic Exegesis and its Types
  • Riwyah Tafsir, Tabar+ and His Tafsir
  • Riwyah Tafsir, Ibn Kath+r and His Tafsir
  • Diryah Tafsir, Rz+ and His Tafsir
  • Diryah Tafsir, Qdi Baydaw+ and His Tafsir
  • Linguistic Tafsir, al-Farr and Mean al-Quran
  • Theological Tafsir, Imam Mturid+ and Ta'wilt
  • Theological Tafsir, Zamakhshar+ and his Tafsir
  • Juristic Tafsir, Jasss, Ahkam
  • Sufi Tafsir, Tustar+ and his Tafsir
  • Modern Tafsirs, Sayyit Kutub, Hamdi Yazir and Their Tafsirs
  • Modern Tafsirs, Said Nursi, F Gulen and Their Tafsirs

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ISL331 in Session 1 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

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