Understanding the Qurʾanic Miracle Stories in the Modern Age explores the ways in which meaningful implications have been drawn from stories of miracles in the Qurʾan. Isra Yazicioglu describes the fascinating medieval Muslim debate over miracles and connects its insights with early and late modern turning points in Western thought and with contemporary Qurʾanic interpretation. Building on an apparent tension within the Qurʾan and analyzing crucial cases of classical and modern Muslim engagement with these miracle stories, she illustrates how an apparent site of conflict between faith and reason, or revelation and science, can lead to fruitful exchange.
A distinctive contribution to a new trend in Qurʾanic studies, this volume reveals the presence of insightful Qurʾanic interpretation outside of the traditional line-by-line commentary genre, engaging with the works of Ghazali, Ibn Rushd, and Said Nursi. Scholars of Islam, philosophy, and the intersection of science and religion will especially want to engage with Yazicioglu’s study.
About the Author
Isra Yazicioglu is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at St. Joseph’s University.
Table of Contents
Note on Transliteration
Introduction: The Qurʾanic Miracle Stories: A Puzzling Motif?
Part 1 A Medieval Muslim Debate
1 In Defense of a Literal Reading of Miracles: Ghazali’s Case for Contingency and Grace
2 A Cautious Approach to Miracle Stories: Ibn Rushd’s Case for Rationalism and Divine Wisdom
Part 2 Reframing the Debate on Miracles in Modern Terms
3 David Hume on Empiricism, Common Sense, and Miracles
4 Charles S. Peirce on Pragmatism, Science, and Miracles
Part 3 Contemporary Connections
5 Said Nursi’s Contemporary Reading of Qurʾanic Miracle Stories
Conclusion: Qurʾanic Hermeneutics in the Modern Age