A Traditional Muʻtazilite Qurʼān Commentary: The Kashshāf of Jār Allāh Al-Zamakhsharī
This book deals with the life and work of J?r All?h al-Zamakhshar? (d. 538/144). The greater part of it, however, is devoted to an examination of his Qur n commentary, "al-Kashsh?f," The book is divided into five chapters, supplemented by nine appendices. After a chapter on the author's life and writings (an annotated list of which is given in an appendix), there follow four chapters that focus on the" Kashsh?f" itself. These deal with the history of the text, its structure and method, the traditions it contains and the sources the author relied on for it. Although both al-Zamakhshar?'s name and the title of his commentary are well known, very little is actually known about either the author or the work. This book presents a more complete and nuanced picture of each.
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Page ix - The dissertation on which this book is based would not have been possible without the assistance of a number of individuals and institutions, whose support and contributions I would like to acknowledge.