The Ibadi Approach to the Methodology of Qutanic Exegesis

Sulaiman Al Shueily, Ismail Albayrak

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In recent times, research on the Ibadi tradition by both Muslim and non-Muslim scholars has increased, but has not yet shed light on the wider significance of this tradition. While the primary focus of researchers has been on the Ibadi tradition as a school of thought, its important contribution to various Islamic disciplines is still neglected. For this reason, there is a serious need for a comprehensive study of the Ibadi works on Islam, especially as new manuscripts are continually being discovered. When we look at Ibadi Islamic literature in general and compare Ibadi jurisprudence and theology, we realise that the poorest and most unexplored field of study consists of the Ibadi works on exegesis (tafsir). The once inaccessible and insufficient amount of Ibadi sources and materials may have accounted for this lack of interest; however, today, materials related to Ibadi exegesis and understanding are becoming available. In this article, we focus on the methodology of Qur'anic exegesis with reference to commentators from the Ibadi tradition. As far as we know, this paper is a first in this field of research, and will discuss the primary features of the Ibadi method, its similarities to and differences from other exegetical approaches, and its original contributions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-193
Number of pages30
JournalThe Muslim World
Issue numberspecial Isuue
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Exegesis
  • Exegetes
  • Ibadis
  • Methodology
  • Tradition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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