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The Qur’an : Text, Society & Culture 2011

Conveners : Professor M.A.S. Abdel Haleem & Dr Helen Blatherwick
Date : 10 November 2011Time : 9:00 AM
Finishes : 12 November 2011Time : 5:00 PM
Venue : Brunei GalleryRoom : Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
Type of Event : Conference
Series : SOAS, Centre of Islamic Studies Qur’an Conference
Call For Papers


Thursday 10 November

Time Event
9.00–9.45 Coffee and registration
9.45–10.00 Opening Address : Professor Muhammad Abdel Haleem

Panel 1 : The Reception of Euro-American Scholarship on the Qur’an (Chair : Joseph Lowry)

Andrew Rippin (University of Victoria) : ‘The Reception of Euro-American Scholarship on the Qur’an and Tafsir : An Overview’
Morteza Karimi-nia (Encyclopaedia Islamica Foundation) : ‘Contemporary Qur’anic Studies in Iran and its Relationship with Qur’anic Studies in the West’
Mehmet Akif Koc (Ankara University) : ‘The Reception of Euro-American Scholarship on the Qur’an and Tafsir in Turkey’

11.15–11.35 Break
Panel 2 : Textual Study of the Qur’an I (Chair : Mustansir Mir)

Mathias Zahniser (Greenville College) : ‘The One God and the Final Day in Sura 19 : An Exploration into the Method of Semitic Rhetoric’
Todd Lawson (University of Toronto) : ‘Frye’s Qur’an’
صلاح الدين زرال، جامعة فرحات عباس سطيف| "الدراسة الدلالية التطبيقية في القرآن مدخلا للتأويل : إيزوتسو نموذجا"
Oliver Leaman (University of Kentucky) : ‘The Corpus Coranicum Project : Problems and Possibilities’

1.10–2.15 Lunch

Panel 3 : Landscapes and Soundscapes of the Qur’an (Chair : Shawkat Toorawa)

Ann Shafer (American University in Cairo) : ‘The Qur’an in Space : Text and Experience in the Contemporary Urban Landscape’
Wendy M.K. Shaw (Universität Bern) : ‘Islamic Visuality between the Qur’an and Poststructuralism : Reconceptualising the Boundaries from Religious to Cultural Interpretation’
Bruce Lawrence (Duke University) : ‘Rhyme’s Reason : Performing and Hearing the Qur’an in English’

3.30–4.00 Break
Panel 4 : The Qur’an and its Exegesis in Non-Arabic Traditions (Chair : François Déroche)

Nuria Martínez-de-Castilla (Universidad Complutense, Madrid) : ‘Qur’anic Manuscripts from Late Muslim Spain (XVIth–XVIIth Centuries)’
Peter Riddell (Melbourne School of Theology) : ‘Camb. MS Or. Ii.6.45 : The Oldest Surviving Commentary on the Qur’an in Southeast Asia’
Anastasia Grib (State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg) : ‘The Symbolic Repertoire of the Qur’anic Board in West Africa and the Maghreb’

Friday 11 November

Time Event
Panel 1 : Exegesis I (Chair : Marianna Klar)

Jamal Elias (University of Pennsylvania) : ‘Sufi Tafsir and the Qur’an as a Non-linear Text’
Karen Bauer (Institute of Ismaili Studies) : ‘Women’s Testimony and the Re-interpretability of the Qur’an’
Robert Gleave (University of Exeter) : ‘The Expendable Qur’an in Modern Shi’i Messianism’

10.45–11.05 Break
Panel 2 : Exegesis II (Chair : Josef van Ess - tbc)

Walid Saleh (University of Toronto) : ‘Al-Maturidi (d. 333/944) and the History of Early Tafsir’
Martin Nguyen (Fairfield University) : ‘The Exegetes of Nishapur : A Preliminary Survey of Previously Unexamined Qur’an Commentaries’
Johanna Pink (Freie Universität Berlin) : ‘Qur’an Hermeneutics in the Islamic 19th Century : Reform, Reformation, Modernity’
Suleiman A. Mourad (Smith College) : ‘What is Mu‘tazila Tafsir ? Toward a Definition of a Sub-genre in Qur’anic Exegesis

12.45–2.15 Lunch
Panel 3 : Exegesis III (Chair : Gavin Picken)

Ulrika Mårtensson (The Norwegian University of Science and Technology) : ‘The Qur’an as Sign-enthymeme : Legal-political Implications’
Marianna Klar (SOAS, University of London) : ‘Adam and the Fall between History and Tafsir : An Initial Exploration into al-Tabari’s Methodological Strategies’
Gregor Schwarb (Freie Universität Berlin) : ‘Mu‘tazilism in a 20th Century Zaydi Qur’an Commentary : ‘Ali b. Muhammad al-‘Ajri’s Miftah al-sa‘ada’
Robert Morrison (Bowdoin College) : ‘Natural Theology and the Qur’an’

3.55–4.20 Break
Panel 4 : Exegesis IV (Chair : Ayman Shihadeh)

Devin Stewart (Emory University) : ‘Forgetting Rhyme : Ibn al-Athir’s Criticism of al-Zamakhshari’
Anthony H. Johns (Australian National University) : ‘Unveiling the Qur’an : The Contribution of al-Suyuti to Tafsir al-Jalalayn’
Mustansir Mir (Youngstown State University) : ‘The Structure of Surat al-Baqara According to Amin Ahsan Islahi’
وليد بن محنوس الزهراني، جامعة الباحة |

Saturday 12 November

Time Event
Panel 1 : Textual Study of the Qur’an II (Chair : Christopher Melchert)

Ahmed Ragab (Harvard University) : ‘Reiteration and Representation : Asbab al-nuzul and the Discursive Formation of the Qur’anic Narrative’
أحمـد بوعـود، الأكاديمية الجهوية للتربية والتكوين تطوان | "الهيرمنوطيقا وعبور الفجوة التاريخية في فهـم النـص القرآني"
Amidu Sanni (Lagos State University) : ‘Accuracy and Correctness in the Consonantal Qur’an : Aspects of Oral and Written Renditions in the Context of lahn in Medieval Discourse’
Orhan Elmaz (University of Vienna) : ‘Tempting God with a Hapax’

11.10–11.40 Break
Panel 2 : Textual Study of the Qur’an III (Chair : Muhammad Abdel Haleem)

Sarah bin Tyeer (SOAS, University of London) : ‘Moses and the Sorcerers : the Qur’anic Use of the ‘Point of View’ as a Device of Thematic and Stylistic Unity’
نادية الشرقاوي، الرابطة المحمدية للعلماء | "تفسير "يا أخت هارون" على ضوء الدراسات المقارنة في علم الأديان"
محمد عبدالله علي العبيدي، جامعة قطر | "الاتساق التقابلي في القرآن الكريم سورة محمد أنموذجاً"
حسن الشافعي، جامعة القاهرة | القواعد الاعتقادية في القرآن الكريم : سورة المائدة نموذجا

1.20–2.30 Lunch

Panel 3 : The Qur’an in Literature (Chair : Helen Blatherwick)

Asad Q. Ahmed (Washington University in St Louis & Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton) : ‘The Significance of Qur’anic Quotations in the basmala’
Jeffrey Einboden (Northern Illinois University) : ‘Moby-Dick and mushaf : The Qur’an Translating American Classics’
Shawkat M. Toorawa (Cornell University) : ‘The Modern Literary (After)lives of al-Khidr’

3.45–4.15 Break

Panel 4 : Law and Ethics (Chair : Abdul-Hakim al-Matroudi)

Sarra Tlili (University of Florida) : ‘All Animals are Equal, or Are They ? The Ikhwan al-Safa’s Animal Epistle and its Unhappy End’
Dheen Mohamed (College of Shari‘a and Islamic Studies) : ‘The Ethical Foundations of Sufi Interpretation of the Qur’an and its Impact on the Interaction between World Religions Today’

5.05–5.20 Closing Address : Professor Muhammad Abdel Haleem

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