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      In the Gardens with Ibrahim: An Evaluation of Fī riyāḍ al-tafsīr by Shaykh Ibrahim Niasse, a Contemporary, Traditional Tafsīr

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          The Senegalese Shaykh Ibrahim Niasse (d. 1975) was the founder of the most popular branch of the Ṭarīqa Tijāniyya, the most popular Ṣūfī order in Sub-Saharan Africa. In this paper, I propose to give a brief overview of his recently-published Fī riyāḍ al-Tafsīr, a contemporary work of tafsīr transcribed from Shaykh Ibrahim's annual Ramaḍān tafsīr sessions. The tafsīr is unique for many reasons, not least of which is the fact that it is a transcription of an oral tafsīr performance, raising interesting questions about the relationship of oral performance to textuality and intertextuality, and the relationship between spiritual practice and Qur'anic hermeneutics, and challenging certain received notions about Islam in West Africa, and the place of West Africa in the Islamic world. While this work has previously been discussed in an excellent article by Andrea Brigaglia, this paper builds on and complements Brigaglia's work by conducting a close reading of Shaykh Ibrahim's tafsīr of Q. 6:75–79, the story of Abraham and the setting star, moon, and sun, comparing it with related ideas found in other Ṣūfī texts and with other Sufi tafsirs of the same passage.

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                Author and article information

                Journal
                JQS
                Journal of Qur'anic Studies
                Edinburgh University Press ( The Tun - Holyrood Road, 12(2f) Jackson's Entry, Edinburgh EH8 8PJ UK )
                1465-3591
                1755-1730
                February 2018
                : 20
                : 1
                : 28-46
                Affiliations
                The College of William and Mary
                Article
                10.3366/jqs.2018.0319
                97f8764f-542b-4359-aa5c-e53d5bed2052
                © Centre of Islamic Studies, SOAS
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                References: 26, Pages: 19
                Categories
                Articles in English
                Islamic Studies

                Political science,Literature of other nations & languages,Art history & Criticism,Religious studies & Theology,Arab world & Islam,History
                Contemporary Sufism,Shaykh Ibrahim Niasse,Contemporary Tafsīr,West Africa,Sufism,Tafsīr

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