`Abd al-Jabbar on Rational Interpretation of Scripture

David Vishanoff, translator. “ʿAbd al‑Jabbār on Rational Interpretation of Scripture.” In Islamic Theological Themes: A Primary Source Reader, ed. John Renard, 58–65. Oakland: University of California Press, 2014.

This published translation is an excerpt from `Abd al-Jabbar’s Mutashabih al-Qur’an. It explains why rational considerations necessarily govern the interpretation of scripture.

Al-Suyuti on the occasions of revelation of Qur’anic verses

David Vishanoff, translator. “Suyūṭī on the Occasions of Revelation.” In Islamic Theological Themes: A Primary Source Reader, ed. John Renard, 51–58. Oakland: University of California Press, 2014.

This published translation is an excerpt from al-Suyuti’s famous book on the Qur’anic Sciences, al-Itqan fi `ulum al-Qur’an. It assesses how knowing the “occasions of revelation” (asbab al-nuzul) affects the interpretation of Qur’anic verses.

Imam al-Haramayn al-Juwayni, Kitab al-waraqat fi usul al-fiqh

An old draft translation of a classic handbook of Islamic legal theory, Imam al-Haramayn al-Juwayni’s Kitab al-waraqat fi usul al-fiqh, accompanied by a minimal commentary for teaching purposes. (Also available: Translation without commentary, Commentary only).

I am preparing for publication a critical Arabic edition, a revised translation, and a full-length commentary that will serve as a “critical introduction to Islamic legal theory.”