|Title: Tafsīr al-Kashshāf ‘an Haqa’iq at-Tanzīl (تفسير الكشاف عن حقائق التنزيل وعيون الأقاويل في وجوه التأويل)|
|Author: Mahmūd Ibn ‘Umar az-Zamaksharī (محمود بن عمر الزمخشري)|
|Subject: Qur’an, Kitab at-Tafsīr, Ahkām al-Qur’an, Tafsir Lughawī, Kitab Balāgha al-Qur’an, Mūshkil al-Qur’an, Tafsīr al-Qur’an bil-Hadīth, Tafsīr Yajma’ bayn-al-Ma’qūl wal-Manqūl, I’jaz al-Qur’an, Tafsīr based on Language Archive, Literary Excellence of the Qur’an|
|No. of Volumes: 1 | No. of Pages: 1235|
Al-Kashshaaf ‘an Haqa’iq at-Tanzil, popularly known as Al-Kashshaaf (lit. the Revealer) is a seminal tafsir (commentary on the Qur’an) by Al-Zamakhshari (d. 538 AH/ 1144 CE).
Considered a primary source by all major scholars, it is famous for its deep linguistic analysis, demonstrations of the supremacy of declamation of the Qur’an, and the representation of the method the Qur’an uses to convey meaning using literary elements and figurative speech. However, it is criticized for the inclusion of Muʿtazilah philosophical views.
A very elegant analysis of words is done throughout the commentary, while figurative expressions are broken down, and appropriate qira’at is chosen where needed. Comments are a blend of logic and narrative, including many hadith (though the only source stated for these narratives is Sahih Muslim) and older accounts of Arabic poems. Abrogated verses are indicated along with their successors.
Verses containing Islamic jurisprudence are deduced according to the Hanafi school of law. Verses that seem contrary are reconciled. Some older comments are criticized, especially those of Sufi origin.