The Qur’an in its historical context
From April 19 to April 21, 2009, the University of Notre Dame will host “The Qur’ān in Its Historical Context,” a major international conference addressing the most recent theories, controversies, and discoveries in the field of Qur’ānic Studies. Like the first Notre Dame Qur’ān conference (2005; see the conference book here), “The Qur’ān in Its Historical Context" will be a unique forum for a discussion of the historical circumstances in which the Qur’ān was formed, and of its relationship to earlier literature, notably the Bible.
Lectures and Topics
The conference will feature a general opening lecture by Prof. Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd of Leiden University (Holland) and a second general lecture by Prof. Robert Hoyland of the University of St. Andrews (Scotland). The conference panels will be divided into the following topics:
- Qur’ānic Origins: Manuscript Evidence
- Qur’ānic Origins: Historical Evidence
- The Qur’ān and Earlier Religious Tradition
- The Qur’ān as Literature
- The Qur’ān and Historical Linguistics
Leading scholars from a wide range of countries—including Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Germany, and the United Kingdom—will lead the panel discussions. The public is welcome at all conference events and no fee or registration is required. Please contact the conference director, Gabriel Said Reynolds, with any questions.
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