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Conference Schedule: IQSA Events 2018


P16-301a


The Qur’an: Manuscripts and Textual Criticism
11/16/2018

4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Manuscripts and Commentaries: Access and Interpretation

Manal Najjar, University of Tabuk
The Quranic Orthography: A Pragmatic–Sociolinguistic Approach (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Marijn van Putten, Leiden University
Orthographic Idiosyncrasies and the Written Quranic Prototype (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Daniel Brubaker, Qur’an Gateway
Taking Stock of the Special Challenges and Opportunities of Current Digital Technologies and Applications for Qurʾan Manuscript Studies (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Mohsen Goudarzi, Harvard University
Deciphering the Sana’a Palimpsest (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Eléonore Cellard, Collège de France
From Coptic to Arabic: A New Palimpsest for the History of the Qur’an in Early Islam (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)


General Reception
11/16/2018
6:30 PM
Location TBA (Offsite)


P17-135a


Linguistic, Literary, and Thematic Perspectives on the Qur’anic Corpus
11/17/2018

9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD
Theme: The Meaning of the Word: Focusing on Qur’anic Vocabulary

Sarra Tlili, University of Florida, Presiding
Simon P. Loynes, University of Edinburgh
Divine Communication (waḥy) and the Qur’anic Concept of Revelation (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Marijn van Putten, Leiden University
The Absence of Syriac Borrowings in the Qurʾān (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Iman Al Rujaibi, Sultan Qaboos University
Aesthetics in the Qur’Ān: A Thematic Study Based on Selected Modern Exegeses (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Todd Godwin, Ashland University
What Does the Quran Really Say about the Jewish Torah?: An Analysis of the Word Muṣaddiqan (“Confirming”) in Q 5:48 (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Saqib Hussain, University of Oxford
Ḥikmah in the Qur’an (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)


Graduate Student Luncheon 
11/17/2018
11:30 AM
Location TBA (Offsite)


P17-239


Qur’anic Studies: Methodology and Hermeneutics
11/17/2018

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: 709 (Street Level) – Convention Center (CC)
Theme: Bias and Identity Politics in the Western Academic Study of the Qur’an

Karen Bauer, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, Presiding
Kecia Ali, Boston University, Panelist (25 min)
Ghazala Anwar, Starr King School for the Ministry, Panelist (25 min)
Emran El Badawi, University of Houston, Panelist (25 min)
Joseph Lowry, University of Pennsylvania, Panelist (25 min)
Shari Lowin, Stonehill College, Panelist (25 min)
Shawkat Toorawa, Yale University, Panelist (25 min)


P17-341a


The Qur’an: Manuscripts and Textual Criticism
11/17/2018

4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD
Theme: Manuscripts and Commentaries

Iskandar Bcheiry, American Theological Library Association
Qur’anic Leaves in Kufic Script on Vellum from the Ninth or Tenth Centuries in the Monastery of Saint Lazarus, Venice (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Saima Syed, Taxila institute of Asian Civilization, QAU
Significant Features of Qur’an Produced in Subcontinent: A Comparative Study of Bihari and Kashmiri Qur’an (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Sheza Alqera Atiq, Harvard University
The Spoken and the Written: Oral Influences on Exegetical Practice and Writing in Late Islamic Classical Period (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Haci Osman “Ozzy” Gunduz, Harvard University
The Muʿtazilite Doctrine of Ṣarfa in Al-Nāshīʾ al-Akbar’s Poetry Criticism (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)
Alalddin Al-Tarawneh, Zarqa University
Towards a Hybrid Model for Translating the Quran: Boosting Interfaith Dialogue and Dispelling Misunderstanding (20 min)
Discussion (5 min)


P18-156


The Qur’an and Late Antiquity
11/18/2018

9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD
Michael Pregill, Boston University, Presiding

Sarah L. Schwarz, Princeton University
Horses, Worms, and Ants: The Power of Solomon in the Qur’an and Biblical Literatures (20 min)
Tommaso Tesei, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
Q 23:93-103 and 4 Ezra 7 (20 min)
David S. Powers, Cornell University
Zayd, Zaynab, and Muhammad: Revisited (20 min)
Johanne Louise Christiansen, University of Copenhagen
“Recite Whatever Recitation Is Feasible for You (fa’qra’u ma tayassara min al-qur’an)”: A System Theoretical Reading of the Qur’anic Moderation Strategies (20 min)
Discussion (30 min)

 


IQSA Business Meeting
11/18/2018
11:30 AM
Location TBA
Open to General Public

 


P18-246


The Qur’an and Biblical Tradition
11/18/2018

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD
Theme: The Qur’an and the Biblical Tradition I

Rachel Claire Dryden, University of Cambridge
Angels from Babylon, magic from heaven? Uncovering the origins of the Tale of Hārūt and Mārūt (Q2:102) (30 min)
Shari L. Lowin, Stonehill College
“Surely God is poor and We are rich”: Q 3:181 and Jewish Blasphemy? (30 min)
Holger Zellentin, University of Cambridge
Heavenly Scriptures, the Interjections of the šayāṭīn, and the Protection of the Prophets from Late Antiquity to Early Islam (30 min)
Sarra Tlili, University of Florida
The Lives of Joseph–and of His Garment (30 min)


P18-348


The Qur’an and the Biblical Tradition
11/18/2018

4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 709 (Street Level) – Convention Center (CC)

Theme: The Qur’an and the Biblical Tradition II

Stephen Burge, Institute of Ismaili Studies
Disciplining the Soul: Ritual, Theology and the Biblical and Post-Biblical Antecedents of Fasting in the Qur’an (30 min)
Mohammed Ali Ismail, The Islamic College
A comparative study of Biblical and Qur’anic methods of exegesis (30 min)
David Vishanoff, University of Oklahoma
Between Qur’an and Psalmody: How Medieval Muslim Piety Integrated Two Notions of Scripture (30 min)
Stuart B Langley, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Hard Hearts, Blind Eyes, and Deaf Ears: A Literary Comparison of Sura 7:179, Isaiah 6:10, and Matthew 13:15 (30 min)
Bert Jacobs, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Weighing the Qurʾān by the Bible: Dionysius Bar Ṣalībī’s Polemics agains the Qurʾān (30 min)


P19-137


Qur’anic Studies: Methodology and Hermenuetics
11/19/2018

9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: 709 (Street Level) – Convention Center (CC)
Theme: Studies on the Interpretation of the Qur’an

Gabriel Said Reynolds, University of Notre Dame
The Problem of Qurʾanic Insertions (25 min)
Sohaib Saeed, University of Glasgow
Intraquranic Exegesis Between Theory and Practice (Case Study of Q6, al-Anʿām) (25 min)
Tahira Amin, Lancaster University
Verily it is of your guile; verily your guile is great! (Q12:28): A Critical Discourse Analysis of all references to kayd (guile) in the Quran and Classical Tafsir (25 min)
Thomas Hoffmann, University of Copenhagen
The Iconic Qurʾān: A Materialist Reading of the Qurʾānic Cult of Writing (25 min)
Johanna Pink, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Ṣabr. An activist turn in Qurʾānic hermeneutics (25 min)


P19-246


The Qur’an and Late Antiquity
11/19/2018

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: 709 (Street Level) – Convention Center (CC)
Johanne Christiansen, University of Copenhagen, Presiding
Karen L. Carducci, Catholic University of America
Imagining Arabia from “Divinely Blessed” to “Accursed Desert”: Greco-Roman Stereotypes about Pre-Islamic Arabian Society (20 min)
Emran El-Badawi, University of Houston
The Evolution of God? Trinitarian Deities in the Qur’an (20 min)
Brannon Wheeler, United States Naval Academy
Pre-Islamic Camel Sacrifice in the Qur’an (20 min)
Stephen J Shoemaker, University of Oregon
Anastasius of Sinai’s Witness to Earliest Islam: Some New Evidence (20 min)
Discussion (30 min)


P19-337a


The Qur’an: Surah Studies
11/19/2018

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Room: 710 (Street Level) – Convention Center (CC)
Theme: The Musabbihat

Shawkat Toorawa, Yale University, Presiding
Adam Flowers, University of Chicago
The Many Genres of al-Musabbiḥāt (40 min)
Karim Samji, Gettysburg College
Mapping the Musabbiḥāt: Genre Boundaries and Sūra Structure (40 min)
Andrew J. O’Connor, University of Notre Dame
Prophetic Authority and Formulaic Diction in al-musabbiḥāt (40 min)