Our centre leads the efforts in publishing original works with the intend of playing a leading role in the scholarly issues and contributing to our intellectual world, through its research areas and projects conducted by the distinguished scholars in their fields. Particularly, works of our staff, prepared for our Centre’s projects at various levels, will be published in the forthcoming period as part of KURAMER publications series.
Qur’an Kareem explains the notions of “Jahiliyya (Ignorance)” and “Polytheism” as used by Prophet Muhammad and first Muslims, chaotic moral culture and belief structure of the previous era, the fragmented relationships between people, violence and destruction.
Islam, which is the opposite of “Jahiliyya” and “Polytheism”, critically examines the previous belief structure, moral culture and web of relations expressed by these two terms, and as such is the name of a major movement, a religious, cultural and moral transformation that constitutes a new system of morals, values and beliefs.
Making sense of this transformation properly in terms of its causes and effects is tantamount to understanding Islam and Qur’an properly. This would ultimately provide us with the opportunity to assess whether the religious conceptions and approaches held in the contemporary Islamic societies stand closer to “Islam” or “Jahiliyya”.
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Ignoring or eclipsing history would erase the past traces of society and also lead their future into uncertainty. It is not a proper approach to think of societies free from the religions, races, cultures and civilizations existed in the geography they are formed. In this regard; religious, political, cultural and social life in the Arabic Peninsula during the pre-Islamic period are of significance in terms of the references made to history in Qur’an, the Seerah of Prophet Muhammad, and his universal message.
We believe that this work, which addresses the history of pre-Islamic period South/North Arabia, will a significant gap in the field. This is also the first product of the series on “The Context of Revelation”.
Scholarly value of a research depends on finding primary major sources of the issues addressed and using an objective method in terms of being free from the preconceptions of these sources. This work is an advanced version of the PhD Thesis titled, “Jesus Christ According to Christian Sources and Qur’an Kareem” prepared by Professor Salih Akdemir (may he rest in peace) with the sam methodology. In the first part of the work the following issues are assessed according to the approach of Holy Scripture and Founding Fathers of the Church: the formation process of Bibles, Pavlus and his insights, Deity of Jesus Christ, incarnation, original sin, confession and trinity. In the second part, the same issues are analysed in the framework of Qur’an Kareem and tafsirs. Also, commentaries of some Christian scholars regarding the verses about trinity are mentioned in this part.
Hebrews have a significant status due to various reasons; since they are members of a celestial religion with which Muslims have been in contact throughout the history, since they are mentioned in Qur’an many times, since they form a religious group with which Prophet Muhammed had relations the most, since they have endured their religious and cultural identity during the exiles throughout centuries, and since they possess a written culture for a very long time dating back to the early period. However, the relations with Hebrews are of significance in terms of making sense of Prophet Muhammad’s prophethood process at Medina. During this phase, which is known as “Medina Period” in the history of Islam, the relations with this religion and its members have been influential in forming Islam society through revealed verses concerning mostly legal and socio-cultural issues.
This work addresses the relationships between Arabs and Hebrews during the Prophet Muhammad’s life-time beginning with the pre-Islamic era. This relationship has entered a new era when Prophet Muhammad were assigned with the duty to convey the religion of Islam. Arab-Hebrew relations have been transformed into a religion-based relationship as of this period.
In this book, you can find the following content:
Arabs and Hebrews in the Pre-Islamic Period
Political Relationships with the Hebrews of the Prophet Muhammad Era
Socio-Cultural Life of the Hebrews of the Prophet Muhammad Era
Religious Life of the Hebrews of the Prophet Muhammad Era
We regretfully observe that the gap has been increased between the supreme values of Islam and the ‘mode of being a Muslim’, a mode we constituted with our bare hands and implemented into the life we live today in the Islamic geography. Beyond any doubt, there are various reasons behind this issue. For instance, pluralism within the religion yielded towards the conflicts between absolutism in true-world-ideologies. Denominational disagreements, which in fact should be the source of benediction, began to incite fitnah and unrest between the brothers and sisters of the same religion. No matter whether you are a follower of tradition or a Salafi, a modernist or a sectarian; opposite and exclusivist views surrounded not only the public but also the academia and the scholars. Sacralisations, which are generated contrary to the principles of Islam, and religious exploitations of value, which beguile the minds of religious segments of society, eclipse Qur’an and Sunnah. These are detrimental to the tenets of Islam. Moreover, they also ruin the image of Islam throughout the world, destroy our unity, peace and security. At this point, although it is painful to do so, we need to confront our own problems and take care of them. For, the first step towards the straight path is becoming aware of the point where the path went astray. This original work, which is the last publication of 2016 at KURAMER, is a product of the desire to take such a step.
You can find contemporary religious issues, which are addressed under the following headings:
Islam and Religious Disciplines,
Muslims in the Modern Period,
Religion, Tradition and Modernity,
Qur’an and Law,
Understanding Prophet Mohammed and his Sunnah,
Fiqh of Islam Re-Visited,
Fiqh and Ethics,
The narratives in Qur’an reflect anecdotes about the events and phenomena that human kind can face all the time. Although the narratives about the previous prophets and societies seem to belong the bygone times, they are indeed about the ‘present’.
The ‘present’, signified by the narratives during the time of revelation, corresponds to the Prophet Mohammed and his seerah. The way the narratives are narrated is so much compatible with the context of revelation that when the period of revelation of a narrative is located, one can have a rough idea about the actual situation in that time by referring to the narrative. In this regard, it is essential to know the context of revelation in understanding not only the direct meaning of the narratives in Qur’an, but also comprehending what kind of feelings the layered meanings of the narratives are supposed to arouse.
The reality of the narratives in Qur’an is quite different from the objectivity, simplicity, impartiality and chronological order of the modern science paradigm. In other words, the narratives in Qur’an are real, however this reality belongs to the religious and ethical values. The expression of “bi’l hak”, which signifies the essential purpose behind the narratives, refers to this aspect.
You can find the following contents in this book:
The realm of meaning of ‘narrative’ and other related words in Qur’an,
Other terms related to ‘narrative’ in Arabic language and literature,
The issue of the source of narratives,
Teleological Issues in Narratives,
This is an original work, in which Qur’an’s characteristic features are considered. Qur’an, which we can hold as a book and turn its pages and read its verses today, was revealed verse by verse to Prophet Mohammed in a period of twenty-three years by Archangel Gabriel. Each verse was revelated into a time and place. There is a population toward whom it was addressed. Qur’an first spoke to the folk of Mecca in Mecca, then after Hegira to the folk of Medina in Medina. The revealed verses were recorded in memories and relevant instruments without considering the order they were revealed. The events, which happened when the verses were revealed, were subjects of other records as part of the narratives told about information regarding the places, where the verses were revealed, and the people, who heard the verses. These were recorded as part of the sebeb-i nuzul narratives, nasih-mensuh narratives, seerah narratives in terms of identifying the date of the verses, or directly as part of the date of the verse narratives in different sources.
This work aims to link verses with the knowledge regarding the surrounding time, place and people and to identify the order, in which the verses were revealed. Although, there are valuable information regarding the order of sura and verses, and the context of the revealed verses, there is not a single work in this manner in divinity studies neither in Turkey nor in the world.
You will find in this work, an inquiry of identifying the verses of Qur’an chronologically under the following sections:
Identifying the Date of the Sura and Verses of Qur’an in Islamic Tradition,
Western Attitudes in Identifying the Date of the Verses Qur’an,
Chrono-Phenomenological Attitudes towards the Verses of Qur’an that revealed especially between 1-4 Rebui’l Evvel (of the Hegira Calendar).
You can find this book, ‘Identifying the date of the verse of Qur’an’, on www.kitapyurdu.com and in all TDV book stores.
The major aim of work, in which the issue of genesis in Qur’an is analysed in a systematic manner, is revealing the meaning, the relevant verses express in the first circle of appeal. Since it can be claimed indubitably that revelation happened in a historical and societal context, rather than a vacuum, it is essential to understand the milieu of revelation with the intent of locating the primary and initial meaning of the verses and thereby finding out the extent of the accuracy of the tafsirs and glossing attempts. Besides, this attempt to understand the context of revelation is the proper path to arrive at scholarly results well supported by evidence in Qur’anic studies.
You can find a consideration of the accumulation of knowledge in the literature about the following issues in this book:
Essential Qur’anic Principles on Genesis,
Creation of the Universe,
Genesis in Six Days and Sevenfold Heavens,
Creation of Angels and Djinns,
Creation of Adam, Mankind and Humans,
Bezm-I Elest, Genesis and Evolution.
You can find this book, ‘Qur’an and Genesis’, on www.kitapyurdu.com and in all TDV book stores.