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Ibn-e-Abbas's Tafsir
« on: November 11, 2011, 05:19:36 AM »
Dear Brother Joseph.


Ibne Abbas wrote Tafseer of Quran for some Suras where are these originals available?

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Re: Ibn-e-Abbas's Tafsir
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2011, 05:22:21 AM »
Salamun Alaikum,

We have nothing from Ibn Abbas's pen. Nothing at all. What we have are later mufassir's (like al-Tabari) who have recorded on the authority of different people going back to Ibn Abbas and his students. There is an isnad attached. There is much scholarship whether this 'isnad' can be trusted and debate whether some of what is attributed to Ibn Abbas is actually true. So there is no tafseer from Ibn Abbas's pen or originals.

An interesting survey was carried out by Herbert Berg which is worth studying. Please find below the reference.

The Development of Exegesis in Early Islam (The Authenticity of Muslim Literature from the Formative Period)
BERG. H, First Published 2000, Curzon Press, Richmond, Surrey, Section 5, Data and Analysis: The Authenticity of Ibn 'Abbas's Hadith in Al-Tabari's Tafsir, pages 173-208

I hope this helps.

Kind regards,
'During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act' 
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