SOAS University of London

Centre of Islamic Studies

Mystical Hermeneutics & Cosmology in the Tafsir ascribed by the Sufis to Ja`far al-Sadiq

Farhana Mayer (Institute of Ismaili Studies & SOAS)

Date: 24 November 2010Time: 12:00 AM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G51

Type of Event: Seminar

Farhana Mayer studied Arabic and Islamic studies, specialising in Qur’anic hermeneutics, at the University of Oxford. In addition to her independent research on interpretations of the Qur’an, she has worked for the Islamic Texts Society, Cambridge, and is currently with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, where she researches and lectures in Qur’an, tafsir and Sufism. She is also teaching a course on Sufism at SOAS. 

Her annotated translation of the exegesis ascribed by the Sufis to Ja`far al-Sadiq is forthcoming (2010), from Fons Vitae, entitled Spiritual Gems. 

She is co-translator and editor of volume I of the IIS/OUP Anthology of Qur’anic Commentaries: On the Nature of the Divine (2008).

Mystical hermeneutics and cosmology in the exegesis ascribed to Ja`far al-Sadiq

This paper will identify the methods and levels of interpretation found in this exegesis, and explore the inter-relationship of these with the cosmological levels delineated in the tafsīr, with reference to some of the comments on the prophets Abraham, Moses, Joseph and Muḥammad.

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