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, helping students to see how Muslims have benefitted from the Qur'an. It considers the different ways in which the Qur'an has been interpreted as a source of understanding and implementation for Islamic jurisprudence and theology purposes. It explores traditional and contemporary interpretations of the Qur'an in the Islamic world and the West. It also presents example passages from each classical exegetical work to show how they complement each other.


Session 1 (30)
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 in the past and present;
  • 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; and
  • 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
  • Riwayah tafsir, Tabari and his tafsir
  • Riwayah tafsir, Ibn Kathir and his tafsir
  • Dirayah tafsir, Razi and his tafsir
  • Dirayah tafsir, Qadi Baydawi and his tafsir
  • Linguistic tafsir, Zamakhshari and his tafsir
  • Theological tafsir, Imam Maturidi and his tafsir
  • Juristic tafsir, Jassas and his tafsir
  • Sufi tafsir, Tustar+, al-Qushayri and their tafsirs
  • Modern tafsirs, Sayyit Qutb, Hamdi Yazir and their tafsirs
  • Modern tafsirs, Said Nursi, Ibn Ashur and their tafsirs

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ISL331 in Session 1 2020. 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: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.