2011/ 2012

Mehrdad Abbasi

Semantics of Qur’anic Vocabulary in the First Four Centuries from Hijra

Mehrdad Abbasi is currently an Assistant Professor of Qur'anic Studies at the Islamic Azad University in Tehran, Iran, where he teaches courses on Qur'anic sciences, exegetical texts and methods of Qur'anic exegesis, and supervises MA students' theses on the same topics. He is also a Researcher on Islamic Studies at Encyclopaedia Islamica Foundation in Tehran. He received his PhD from the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at Islamic Azad University in Tehran (2007), his MA from the University of Tehran (2002), and his BSc in Industrial Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran (1999).


Semantics of Qur’anic Vocabulary in the First Four Centuries from Hijra

Abbasi's doctoral dissertation, "Abū Ishāq al-Tha''labī and his approach to the Qur'an and its exegesis", is concerned with the methodology, life and work of an early Muslim Scholar in Qur'anic exegesis.

His publications include numerous encyclopaedic entries in Dāneshnāme-ye Jahān-e Eslām (Encyclopaedia of the World of Islam), such as "Tafsīr", "Harrālī", "Hawāriyyūn", "Khalq-e Qur'ān", "Dāwūd" and "Dhū l-Qarnayn", as well as articles on Qur'anic exegesis such as "Tha'labī and His Commentary al-Kashf wa l-Bayān". Abbasi has also translated into Persian several articles by western scholars like Andrew Rippin, Claude Gilliot and Norman Calder, and has edited the Persian translation of Approaches to the Qur'ān (ed. G. Hawting and A.K. Shareef, London 1993), published in Tehran (2010). He is currently writing a book based on his dissertation, translating some articles of the Encyclopaedia of the Qur'ān (EQ), and editing the Persian translation of the same book.

As a EUME-fellow in Berlin, Abbasi will research on the semantics of Qur'anic vocabulary in the first four centuries (hijri) in the light of Qur'ānic lexicons until Rāghib Isfahānī (d. ca 425 AH).