Michel Lagarde, professor emeritus of PISAI has recently published with Brill a new work: Le parfait manuel des sciences coraniques al-Itqān fī ‘ulūm al-Qur’ān de Ǧalāl ad-Dīn as-Suyūṭī (849/1445–911/1505) (2 vols.).
In al-Suyūṭī’s (1445-1515) The Perfect Handbook of the Qur’ānic Sciences, we find a complete description of the problems concerning the Qur’ānic text that still arise today, of the solutions proposed and the methods employed. This text bears witness to both freedom of debate and the variety of solutions. It is a collection of multiple accounts, both prior to and contemporary with the author, and not simply an isolated, subjective opinion. Its aim is to be the guide for every good Qur’ān commentator because of the abundant information it provides on all the Qur’ānic sciences. This work is an invaluable point of reference for the history of the Arab-Islamic culture in general and of linguistics in particular.
Michel Lagarde, PhD (1984), after a long stay (10 years) in Mali (Sikasso, Ségou, Gao-Tombouctou) in a Muslim environment was professor of Arabic and Qur’ānic tafsīr at the PISAI (Rome) from 1978 to 2003. He has published several books on al-Rāzī and Abdelkader of Algeria (Brill, 1996, 2000-2002; Albouraq, 2008). Sharjah Prize, UNESCO 2005 and Book Award, Tehran 2010. The whole PISAI congratulates Professor Lagarde for this important new publication.