Tafsir al-Qurtubi – Vol. 8 Sūrat al-Anfāl – Booty, Sūrat at-Tawbah – Repentance & Sūrah Yūnus – Jonah

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The tafsīr of al-Qurṭubī is perhaps one of the most compendious of them all and is certainly among the most famous. As its title, al-Jāmi‘ li Aḥkām al-Qur’ān – The General Judgments of the Qur’an, suggests, its main focus is on the rulings and judgments to be found in the Qur’ān. However, in the course of doing that, al-Qurṭubī examines all the relevant sciences necessary, such as the ḥadīth pertaining to the āyahs, events in the sīrah, what the Companions, their Followers and other noted people of knowledge said about the āyahs, essential aspects of Arabic etymology, syntax and usage, copiously illustrated by examples, and much more.

This volume covers the commentary on Sūrat al-Anfāl, including the events of the first battle of Islam, the Battle of Badr and the topic arising from it, the division of the spoils of battle which alone were permitted to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, among the Messengers, which receives extensive treatment. It then proceeds to Sūrat at-Tawbah, among whose themes is the last expedition of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, against Rūm, which prefigured the work of the caliphs in their jihād against Rūm and the Persians. That is followed by Sūrah Yūnus about the Prophet Yūnus who was sent to “a hundred thousand or more” who believed and affirmed, one of the most substantial events of its kind in history before our Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and the people of Madinah.

17 x 24.4 cm. 455 pages

Abū Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad ibn Abī Bakr ibn Farḥ al-Anṣārī al-Khazrajī al-Andalusī al-Qurṭubī (610-11 AH/1214 CE – 671 AH/1273 CE) was born in Cordoba in Spain, but moved in 1236 to Cairo in Egypt, where he lived until his death. He was Mālikī in fiqh, and although he composed other works, he is most famous for this tafsīr.

Aisha Bewley is the translator of a large number of classical works of Islam and Sufism, often in collaboration with Abdalhaqq Bewley, notably The Noble Qur’an – a New Rendering of Its Meanings in English; Muhammad, Messenger of Allah – the translation of Qāḍī ‘Iyāḍ’s ash-Shifā’; the Muwaṭṭa’ of Imam Mālik ibn Anas; and Imam an-Nawawī’s Riyāḍ aṣ-Ṣāliḥīn. She is the author of a number of books including Democratic Tyranny and the Islamic Paradigm.

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