The Lights of Revelation and the Secrets of Interpretation: Hizb One of the Commentary on the Qur'an by al-Baydawi

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Author:Baydawi, Abd Allah ibn Umar (d. 685/1286)
Translator/Editor:Gibril Fouad Haddad
Dimensions:15.5 x 23.5 cm (6.1 x 9.3 in)
Publisher:Beacon Books
Year of Publication:2016

Covers up to verse 74 of Surah al-Baqarah. 

This single volume contains the Arabic edition, English translation and notes by Dr. Gibril Fouad Haddad of 'Abd Allah b. 'Umar b. Muhammad b. 'Ali al-Baydawi’s first juz of Anwar al-Tanzil wa-Asrar al-Ta'wil (The Lights of Revelation and the Secrets of Interpretation).

As a revised and improved version of al-Zamakhshari’s landmark Tafsir al-Kashshaf, Anwar al-Tanzil contains the most concise analysis of the Qur­'an­ic use of Arabic grammar and style to date and was viewed early on as a foremost demonstration of the Qur'an’s essential and structural inimitability (i'jaz ma'nawi wa-lughawi) in Sunni literature.

Anwar al-Tanzil is important and significant, because of its fame and influence. In Dr. Haddad’s own estimation, this work “became and remained for seven centuries the most studied of all Tafsirs,” and it is to be regarded as “the most important commentary on the Qur'an in the history of Islam.”

About The Author

'Abdullah Ibn 'Umar Ibn Muhammad Ibn 'Ali Nasir Al-Din Al-Shirazi Al-Baydawi was born in Bayda, near Shiraz, Persia. 

He was a Shafi'i scholar, judge an Qur'anic exegete. He wrote a number of other scholarly works in tenets of faith, jurisprudence and Arabic as well as history in Persian. 

After serving as a judge in Shiraz, he moved to Tabriz, where he died in 685 AH.

About The Translator  

Gibril Fouad al-Haddad holds scholarly licences (ijaza) from 150 shaykhs and has authored dozens of books and hundreds of articles in Islamic hermeneutics, doctrine, hadith, biography and heresiology. 

His recent works include The Four Imams and Their Schools, Sunna Notes III: The Binding Proof of the Sunna (with Ibn Hajars' 50 page commentary on the hadith on Islam, Iman and Ihsan), and The Muhammadan Light in the Qur'an and Sunna and Companion Reports. 

He currently resides in Brunei, Darrussalaam.


Baydawi, Abd Allah ibn Umar (d. 685/1286)
Gibril Fouad Haddad
  • Arabic/English
15.5 x 23.5 cm (6.1 x 9.3 in)
Beacon Books
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