Jurisprudential tools of exegesis
Mainstream and non-mainstream exegetes are expected to be aware of Islamic law and its major sources, although their tafsir work is not primarily concerned with legal exegesis. Jurisprudential exegetical details are particularly indispensable for surahs like 2, 4 and 5 which are punctuated by several injunctions. We shall highlight in this chapter the jurisprudential tools and theological devices which the exegete is expected to be armed with. The present discussion argues that, in addition to the linguistic and stylistic competencies, the exegete is also required to be well-acquainted with Qur’anic studies and other exegetical theological devices such as Islamic legal rulings, sources of jurisprudence, circumstances of revelation, abrogating and abrogated ayahs, and the tenets of faith and Makkan and Madinan revelations. Examples will be provided throughout this discussion.