Mainly Sunni's make a distinction between two main categories of tafseer works:

  1. tafsir bi-al-ma'thur (Arabic: التفسير بالمأثور‎, literally 'received tafsir', also known as tafsir bi-al-riwaya Arabic: تفسير بالرواية‎). Some examples for that are the tafseers of imam at-Tabari and ibn Kathir.
  2. tafsir bi-al-ra'y (Arabic: التفسير بالرأي‎, lieerally. 'tafsir by opinion', also known as tafsir bi-al-diraya Arabic: تفسير بالدراية‎). The tafseers of al-Baydawi and al-Fakhr ar-Razi are some examples of this category.

I'd like to know whether Shi'a catgeorize their tafseers in the same manner and would like to know about some classical works on tafseer and their authors?

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