Scientific Qur’anic Exegesis in Indonesia

Contributions by Scholars, Institutions, and the Government

  • Aqdi Rofiq Asnawi Universitas Darussalam (UNIDA), Gontor, Indonesia
  • Syukron Affani Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN), Madura, Indonesia
  • Zaenatul Hakamah Islamic State University Sunan Ampel, Surabaya, Indonesia
Keywords: Scientific Qur'anic exegesis, Indonesia


This paper investigates the impact of Islam’s relationship with science on the Qur’ānic interpretations given by Indonesian scholars. The discussion goes further to conclude their epistemology and approaches. It continues by examining the government’s role in providing a scientific Qur’ānic exegesis and several Indonesian institutions that deal with Islam and science integration in interpreting the Qur’ān. This study employs a qualitative research methodology by investigating all possible references and inducing the compiled data into sections based on predetermined research objectives. This article demonstrates that scientific Qur’ānic exegesis has grown in Indonesia since the 1960s and has been produced by Indonesian scholars in many works using various methodologies. Most of those works involved the integration of religion (Islam) and science. However, some of their epistemology tends to Islamisation, Qur’ānic justification or dealing with the concept of Islamisation of knowledge. The government uses scientific Qur’ānic exegesis to develop science and technology and propagate policies related to many sectors.


Author Biographies

Syukron Affani, Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN), Madura, Indonesia

Lecturer of State Islamic Institute of Madura (IAIN Madura) Indonesia

Zaenatul Hakamah, Islamic State University Sunan Ampel, Surabaya, Indonesia

Ph.D Student at Islamic State University Sunan Ampel, Surabaya-Indonesia