Open Educational Resources


The al-Tafsīr website, maintained by the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in Jordan, provides the original Arabic of over 100 Islamic texts, primarily works of Qur'anic exegesis (tafsir) from all the major schools of Islamic jurisprudence and from other theological and mystical currents. It also provides three tafsir collections in English; the full text of the Qur'an in Arabic as well as translations into eighteen languages, including seven different translations in English; and audio files of Qur'anic recitation in different modes. The site is navigable in English and Arabic, though the tafsir collection must be navigated in Arabic for access to the widest range of Arabic texts. One of the great advantages of the al-Tafsīr website is that the texts have been entered by hand, rather than scanned, making them fully searchable and easily navigable. This brings a large number of Islamic texts, many of them previously only available as manuscripts, to students and researchers around the world. By providing tafsir collections from over 60 authors and a variety of schools, the site makes comparative study possible. Access to the text of the Qur'an also includes tabs for further information (commentaries, reasons for revelation, meanings, vocalisation) for each verse. The site is easy to use and provides access to a large number of original texts that will be of great interest to advanced students and researchers in Islamic studies.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012
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