The trend of Malay Quranic commentary writing in Malaysia in the 20th century

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Numerous researches have been done on Quranic commentary writing in Malaysia. However, the focus of these researches has mostly been limited to historiography and chronology, apart from introduction to authors' works and the methodology applied by them in their commentary writing. The present article seeks to identify the trends in writing Quranic commentary in the 20th century based on the number and categories of these works. Categorization is based on the style or approach of the commentary whether it is tafsir tahlili, tafsir ijmali, tafsir mawdui, tafsir muqaran or translation. In addition, the number of verses or juz' interpreted will also be taken into consideration. This study applies the historical and content analysis method. Results showed that commentary writing in Malaysia began in late 1920s; triggered by translation activities of Arabic Quranic commentaries. At that time, the focus was on verses that were commonly recited by the Muslim community on a daily basis. The authors' inclination in their writings can also be summarized as follow: Firstly, most common styles of commentary writing applied by authors of that time were tafsir tahlili, tafsir ijmali and tafsir mawdu'i. Tahlili-based commentaries had the most number of works, however it was found to be quite superficial in its discussions. Secondly, translation activities were mainly directed to Arabic Quranic commentary works that were widely used by the community then. Thirdly, a lot of attention was given to the interpretation of certain verses and surahs in Juz 'Amma. This study also found that Nur al-Ihsan commentary was the first Malay Quranic commentary book and it was printed in the year 1934. It is also considered the only complete tahlilibased commentary to date.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4343-4349
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Sciences Research
Volume8
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Quran
Malaysia
Tafsir
Verse
Muslim Community
Content Analysis
1920s
Historiography
Methodology
Inclination
Chronology
Historical Analysis

Keywords

  • Malay Quranic commentary
  • Tafsir ijmali approach
  • Tafsir nur ihsan
  • Tahlili-based commentary
  • Thematic commentary

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