the title of this book, Usool at-Tafseer (lit. The Fundamental Principles of Quraanic Interpretation), essentially refers to the branches of knowledge which are necessary to provide an accurate interpretation of the Quraanic texts, such as Arabic grammar and syntax, Arabic literature and Quraanic sciences (uloom al-Quraan). Familiarity with modern fields of learning, like the pure sciences and social sciences, is also necessary for a commentator in this era to make the Quraanic explanations relevant to modern human society. Usool at- Tafseer addresses the actual step-by-step methodology of interpreting the Quraan to ensure that interpretations are not merely the result of human whims and fancies. These subjects were traditionally mentioned in the books of usool al-fiqh (The Fundamental Principles of Islaamic Law) and the introductions to the classical books of Tafseer. Among the most well known early works dedicated to the subject of Usool at-Tafseer is a treatise called Muqaddimah fee Usool at-Tafseer, done by the outstanding scholar of the 13th century CE, Ibn Taymeeyah. Of the latter day works, that of the Indian scholar, Abdul-Hameed al-Faraahee, is perhaps the most notable. He entitled his work, at-Takmeel fee Usool at-Taweel. The more commonly used term, uloom al-Quraan, refers to all the fields of knowledge which serve to elucidate the Quraan or which are derived from it. Included among them are knowledge of tafseer (exegesis), qiraaaat (recitations), ar-rasmul-Uthmaanee (the Uthmaanic script), ijaaz al-Quraan (miraculous aspects of the Quraan), asbaab an-nuzool (reasons for revelation), an-naasikh wal-mansookh (abrogating and abrogated verses), iraab al-Quraan (Quraanic grammar), ghareeb al-Quraan (unusual Quraanic terms), religious rulings, and Arabic language and literature.
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Taqi ud-Din Abul-Abbas Ahmad Ibn Taymiyyah