One of the great thinkers in the contemporary era is Muhammad SyahrÃ»r, a Syrian liberal Islamic figure. Through his controversial works, al-KitÃ¢b wal QurâÃ¢n: QirÃ¢âah Mu`Ã¢shirah, (al-Kitab and al-Qurâan: a Contemporary Reading) Syahrur introduces a new theory of Quranic interpretation, called as the theory of limits. He asserts that the theory of limits is an approach within ijtihad (individual interpretation) to study the muhkamÃ¢t verses (clear and direct verses of law) of the Qurâan. The term limit (hudÃ»d) used by Shahrur refers to the meaning of âthe bounds or restrictions of God which should not be violated, contained in the dynamic, flexible, and elastic domain of ijtihad.â. By using the descriptive-analytical method, the article is talking about the contribution of the theory of limits in qurâanic interpretation that makes significant contributions to the enhancement of Qurâanic studies.
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