Author: Dr Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips
Hardback: 343 pages
Publisher: IIPH (Saudi)
About the Book:
The title of this book, Usool at-Tafseer (literally, ‘The Fundamental Principles of Qur'anic Interpretation’), essentially refers to the branches of knowledge necessary for providing an accurate interpretation of the Qur'anic texts, such as Arabic grammar and syntax, Arabic literature, and Qur'anic sciences (‘Uloom al-Qur'ân). Familiarity with modern fields of learning, like the pure sciences and social sciences, is also necessary for a commentator in this era to make the Qur'anic explanations relevant to modern human society. Usool at-Tafseer addresses the actual step-by-step methodology of interpreting the Qur'an to ensure that interpretations are not merely the result of human whims and fancies.
These subjects were traditionally mentioned in the books of usool al-fiqh (the fundamental principles of Islamic Law) and the introductions to the classical books of tafseer. The core material for this book was taken from the excellent work Mabâhith fee ‘Uloom al-Qur'ân, by Shaykh Mannâ‘ al-Qattân. However, supplementary material was also gathered from other classical and current works on the subject, as the footnotes clearly indicate. Those chapters of particular relevance to the English-speaking reader were chosen, while others which include Arabic linguistic issues beyond the comprehension of the average reader were not included.
About the Author:
Dr Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips was born in Jamaica, but grew up in Canada, where he accepted Islam in 1972. He completed a diploma in Arabic and a B.A. from the College of Islamic Disciplines (Usool ad-Deen) at the Islamic University of Madeenah in 1979. At the University of Riyadh, College of Education, he completed a M.A. in Islamic Theology in 1985, and in the department of Islamic Studies at the University of Wales, he completed a Ph.D. in Islamic Theology in 1994.
Abu Ameenah taught Islamic Education and Arabic in private schools in Riyadh for over ten years and for three years he lectured M.Ed. students in the Islamic Studies department of Shariff Kabunsuan Islamic University in Cotobato City, Mindanao, Philippines. Since 1994 he has founded and directed the Islamic Information Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (which is now known as Discover Islam) and the Foreign Literature Department of Dar al Fatah Islamic Press in Sharjah, UAE. Presently, he is a lecturer of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the American University in Dubai and Ajman University in Ajman, UAE.