Al-Kahf (18, vv. 60–82) is often cited as the locus classicus for Muslim discussions about the relationship between mysticism and doctrine. This passage in the Qur’an tells the story of an encounter between the prophet Moses and an unnamed figure whom tradition identifies as Khiḍr.1Al-Jāmiʿ li-aḥkām al-qurʾān (The Compendium of Legal Rulings of the Qur’an) by Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad al-Qurṭubī (d. 671 AH/1272 CE) and al-Tafsīr al-kabīr (The Great Commentary) (or Mafātīḥ al-ghayb [The Keys of the Unseen]) by Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī (d. 606/1210) indicate that most scholars considered Khiḍr a prophet, although al-Qurṭubī’s commentary indicates that others considered Khiḍr a righteous servant of God or an angel.2 One argument in support of the view that Khiḍr is a prophet is the following: Khiḍr was Moses’s guide and...
Reading the Story of Moses and Khidr through the Lens of Islamic Law
aun hasan ali is assistant professor of Islamic studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research focuses on the intellectual history of Twelver Shīʿism. He is preparing a monograph about the development of Twelver Shīʿism in Ḥillah, Iraq.
Aun Hasan Ali; Reading the Story of Moses and Khidr through the Lens of Islamic Law. English Language Notes 1 April 2018; 56 (1): 209–213. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00138282-4337553
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