Sufi Qur'an Commentary : Sufi Tafsir  

This discusses the major Sufi commentaries on the Qur'an--which are an important but little-studied dimension of Sufism.  
This article by Professor A. Godlas is a web-based version of the article "al-Tafsir al-Sufi" to be published by the Encyclopaedia Iranica. Note that to read it you will have to download the font "Iran Web 2"  from the Encyclopaedia Iranica web page.  (I appear to have fixed a longstanding problem for Netscape users running Windows 98. Now the font can be correctly downloaded and should be able to be properly displayed. -- March 1, 2001)

 Table of Contents

Introduction to Sufi Tafsir  
Sufi Tafsir and Isma'ili Ta'wil 
The Elementary Phase: the Forebears and Solami and His Sources  
     Stage One, the Forebears 
     Stage Two, Solami and His Sources 
The Second Phase: Moderate, Esoteric, and Early Persian Commentaries 
     Moderate Commentary: Tha'labi 
     Moderate Commentary: Qoshayri 
     Moderate Commentary:  Sohrawardi 
     Esoteric Commentary: Deylami  
     Esoteric Commentary: Ruzbehan Baqli 
     Persian Commentaries: Maybodi 
     Persian Commentaries: Darwajiki 
The Third Phase, the Sufi "Schools" of Commentary: the Kobrawiya and the School of Ebn 'Arabi  
     Kobrawiya--Kobra, Razi, Semnani 
     Kobrawiya--Naysaburi 
     Ebn 'Arabi and His school-- Ebn Barrajan and Ebn 'Arabi 
     Ebn 'Arabi and His school-- Safadi 
     Ebn 'Arabi and His school-- Qashani 
The Fourth Phase: Commentaries in India, under the Timurids, and in Ottoman lands  
     Commentary in India:  Gisu Deraz 
     Commentary Under the Timurids--Kashefi 
     Commentaries in Ottoman Lands-- Nakhjewani 
     Commentaries in Ottoman Lands--Hüdayi 
     Commentaries in Ottoman Lands--Esma'il Haqqi Bursawi  
The Fifth Phase: the Modern Period 
     The Modern Period--Ebn Ajiba 
     The Modern Period--Panipati 
     The Modern Period-- Alusi  
     The Modern Period-- Safi 'Ali Shah 
     The Modern Period-- Gonabadi 
     The Modern Period-- Molla Howaysh 
Conclusion 
Bibliography 

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