Shaykh Ṭanṭāwī Jawharī was an Egyptian exegete known for having produced a scientific interpretation of the Qurʾān. A pioneering scholar in terms of familiarising the people of his time with many previously neglected matters regarding Islam and science, his publications shocked the Cairo educational system and other Muslim places of learning in the early twentieth century.

This book examines the intersection between Ṭanṭāwī Jawharī and Egyptian history and culture, and demonstrates that his approach to science in the Qurʾān was intimately connected to his social concerns. Divided into three parts, part one contains three chapters which each introduce different aspects of Ṭanṭāwī Jawharī himself. The second part explores the main aspects of his tafsīr, discussing his approach to science and the Qurʾān, and how he presented Europeans in his tafsīr, and then addressing the impact of his tafsīr on wider Muslim and non-Muslim society. The third section draws attention to the themes from all 114 sūras of the Qurʾān that are discussed within his commentary. It then analyses the current status of his views and the post-Jawharism perspective on science and the Qurʾān, both today and in an imaginary future, in 2154.

Providing new English translations of Ṭanṭāwī Jawharī’s work, the book delivers a comprehensive assessment of this unique figure, and emphasises the distinctive nature of his reading of the Qurʾān. The book will be a valuable resource for anyone studying modern Egypt, the Qurʾān, Islam and Science, and scientific interpretation and inimitability.

part I|49 pages

Ṭanṭāwī Jawharī: His life and thoughts

chapter 1|16 pages


Rational progress and the reception of a modern tafsīr

chapter 2|10 pages

Background and social concerns

chapter 3|21 pages

A mufassir and nature

part II|52 pages

Inside and outside of a tafsīr

chapter 4|22 pages

An approach to science in the Qurʾān

chapter 5|12 pages

Europeans in a twentieth-century tafsīr

A different view

chapter 6|16 pages


Maurice Bucaille, the Qurʾān, and science

part III|44 pages

Reading the Qurʾān with Ṭanṭāwī Jawharī

chapter 7|42 pages

114 Sūras