A few months ago, I had the opportunity to take a course via zoom with Sh. Salman ibn Nasir at The Legacy Institute. He delved into the topic of usool al-tafseer, or the methodology of tafseer with a special focus on the different classical books of tafseer. It was a very beneficial course and I am sharing my complete notes here so others may benefit as well.
Please note that I did not write down everything Sh. Salman said but only that which I personally found beneficial and useful. There were many other great points discussed in the course as well but I did not include them in the notes. I also did not translate many Arabic terms but left them in transliteration form because the course assumed that students were already familiar with the words.
Finally, here is a brief biography of Sh. Salman ibn Nasir:
Salman ibn Nasir was born and raised in Mobile, AL in the United States, but hails from a Pakistani origin. Around the time he was finishing high school, he also began his personal studies of the Arabic language and the Islamic sciences. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics from the University of South Alabama, he decided to go abroad to further his studies of Islam.
He enrolled in Umm al-Qura University in the holy city of Makkah, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Judicial Studies (Dirāsāt Qaḍā’īyyah). As this program focused primarily on Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh, he also pursued study of other sciences, particularly Hadith. He is currently pursuing his graduate level studies at Umm al-Qura.