Navigating Through the Tafsir Genres: Dilemma of the Modern Times

Navigating Through the Tafsir Genres: Dilemma of the Modern Times
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Organizing Institution: ISRA
Contact email: [email protected]
Start Date: July 7, 2023 (9:00pm)
End Date: July 8, 2023 (11:00am)
Cost: Free
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Event Time

  • New York: Friday, 7th of July 9:00 pm
  • Sydney: Saturday, 8th of July  11:00 am

The need to connect to the variety of different Tafsir genres is well known to be indispensable. This urgency is felt at a time when only different translations of the Qur’an are available for many. How can we best bridge the gap to the tafsir genres in English speaking world?

Join us for this special scholarly discussion on how to reconnect to the different seas of the Qur’anic ocean.


Yusuf Rios: has a BA in Western Philosophy and Sociology and a certificate in Cultural Diversity studies from John Carroll University. During his studies at John Carroll University, he also attended Borromeo Seminary for two and a half years, wherein he studied Catholic Theology & Catholic Philosophy. After finishing his BA in Philosophy and Sociology, he completed a second BA in Islamic Studies from Islamic American University. In addition, he studied abroad for five years, traditionally in Egypt, during which he studied in al-Azhar,ash-Sharif Mudiafa al-Adawi and Masjid Dardir, as well as other centres of learning where he acquired ijazat and studied with some of the most revered scholars in Egypt. He also studied Arabic at Diwan and Sibawayh Language Centers during that time. Yusuf has also done graduate work in Education with Notre Dame College in Ohio and is near completing an MA in Islamic Education with Guidance College. He has training in Social Work, Mental health and Islamic Trauma Therapy. He is a founding member of the 3 Puerto Rican Imams Project (a Relief and Social Services Org.) and the founder and Director of the Shaukani Study Circle.

Dr Mir Sadeq Ansari: was born in Afghanistan and raised in Australia. In his Bachelor of Arts, he studied psychological science, at Macquarie University, in 2010. He was the president of the Macquarie University Affinity Club (2005-08). In his M. A., he studied Islamic and Arabic at the University of Sydney in 2012. He studied Arabic at the Nile Centre in Cairo, Egypt 2014. He took Turkish Language courses and Islamic and Ottoman History Courses in Istanbul, Turkey (June 2014 – June 2015). He obtained a certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education at ISRA Australia, 2019. He lectured at Charles Sturt University and Respect Graduate School. His doctoral dissertation is on the role and rules of ‘aql/reason in text criticism of hadith by the famous polymath Abu Ja’far Tahawi. He completed his PhD thesis in July 2022. Currently, Sadeq works on a unique Sirah Research project called the Green Dome project at Respect Graduate School. Dr

Dr Mahsheed Ansari is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Islamic Studies & Civilisation, Charles Sturt University. She is a reader of Islamic thought and a community activist working in the areas of interfaith dialogue, social harmony and leadership-mentoring programs with Muslim youth and Muslim women. Her research interests include the history of Islamic thought, spirituality and culture. She is currently in the final stages of completing her book titled: Modern debates in Prophecy and Prophethood in Islam: Muhammad Iqbal and Said Nursi. She has been working on an oral history project – Muslim Pioneers Post WWII, and is currently focused on writing the Biography of Dr Ashfaq Ahmad.

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