Tafsīr as Mystical Experience

Intimacy and Ecstasy in Quran Commentary

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Todd Lawson
Texts and Studies on the Qur'an
  • Boston, MA: 
    Brill Publishers
    , November
     210 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
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In Tafsir as Mystical Experience, Todd Lawson shows how the Quran may be engaged with for meaning and understanding, the usual goal of mystical exegesis, and also how it may be engaged with through tafsīr in a quest for spiritual or mystical experience. In this earliest of the Báb’s extended works, written before his public claim to be the return of the hidden Imam, the act of reading is shown to be something akin to holy communion in which the sacred text is both entrance upon and destination of the mystic quest. The Quran here is a door to an “abode of glory” and an abiding spiritual encounter with the divine through the prophet, his daughter Fāṭima and the twelve Imams of Ithna-ʿasharī Shiʿism who inhabit the letters, words, verses and suras of the Book.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Todd Lawson is Professor Emeritus of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto.


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