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Conference Schedule: IQSA Events 2021
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11/19/2021
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBDTheme: Presidential Address

Asma Hilali, University of Lille, Panelist (40 min)


PV19-205a


Surah Studies
11/19/2021

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD
This session will be virtual.Shawkat Toorawa, Presiding

Nevin Reda, Presiding

Valentina A. Grasso, University of Cambridge
Jinn among Humans and Birds: The Making of Qurʼānic Cosmology (0 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other)

Johanne Louise Christiansen, University of Southern Denmark
The Metaphorical Problem of Q 27:80: Is Death Really a (Spiritual) Disability? (0 min)
Tag(s): 1 Esdras (Biblical Literature – Deuterocanonical Works)

Mohammad Salama, Independent Scholar
“Before You Blink”: Rhetorical Dynamics of mu‘jiza and ‘ilm In Sūrat al-Naml (0 min)
Tag(s): 1 Esdras (Biblical Literature – Deuterocanonical Works)

Andrew J. O’Connor, St. Norbert College
Guidance Stories: A Prophetological Profile of Q al-Naml 27 (0 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other)

Afra Jalabi, Concordia University
The Little Ant’s Portal into the Quran: Towards a Hermeneutics of Nonresistance (0 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other)


P19-301a


The Societal Qur’an
11/19/2021

4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBDLauren Osborne, Presiding

Sajjad Rizvi, University of Exeter
Contesting Islam and the Imam in Persianate Exegesis at the Turn of the 20th Century (30 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other)

Latifeh Aavani, Harvard University
Nor Anything Moist or Dry, but That It Is in a Clear Book: The Significance of Two Approaches to Quranic Hermeneutics for the Iranian Constitutional Movement of 1906–7 (30 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other)

Mykhaylo Yakubovych, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Vernacularisation as Mainstream: Experience of Qur’anic Culture among Polish-Lithuanian Tatars (30 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other)

Majid Daneshgar, University of Freiburg
Engine behind Tafsīr Production in the Malay-Indonesian World at the Turn of the 20th Century (30 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other)

Johanna Pink, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
From Text to App: The Qur’an on Smartphones (30 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other)


P20-144a


Qur’an and the Biblical Tradition
11/20/2021

9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBDAbdulla Galadari, Khalifa University of Science & Technology
The Will and Testament of Jesus Christ: The Intertextuality between Q. 5:116–120 and John 17 (30 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other), Gospels – John (Biblical Literature – New Testament), Intertextuality (Interpretive Approaches)

Naomi Koltun-Fromm, Haverford College
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Stones, Lythic Metaphors and Sacred Space in the Bible, Quran, and Late Ancient Interpretive Traditions (30 min)
Tag(s): Comparative Approaches (Interpretive Approaches), Hebrew Bible / Old Testament / Greek OT (Septuagint) (Biblical Literature – Hebrew Bible/Old Testament/Greek OT (Septuagint)), Religious Traditions and Scriptures (History of Interpretation / Reception History / Reception Criticism)

Saqib Hussain, Oxford University
Adam and the Names (30 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other), Rabbinic Literature (Early Jewish Literature – Rabbinic Literature)

David Penchansky, University of Saint Thomas (Saint Paul, MN)
Surat-al-Fil, the Elephant Sura: The Story and the Backstory (30 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other)

Anna Canton, Sapienza University (Rome-Italy)
Is the Eschatological Window Closing? The Hour between Sūrat al-Kahf 32–44 and the Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:16–21) (30 min)
Tag(s): 1 Esdras (Biblical Literature – Deuterocanonical Works)


PV20-233a


Qur’anic Studies: Methodology and Hermeneutics
11/20/2021

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBDTheme: Quranic Narrative and Hermeneutics
This session will be virtual.

Celene Ibrahim, Presiding

David Solomon Jalajel, King Saud University
Adam and Eve’s Garden in Islamic Thought: Heaven or Earth? (0 min)
Tag(s): 1 Esdras (Biblical Literature – Deuterocanonical Works)

Khalil Andani, Augustana College and Shoaib Malik, A _Not Found
Creation as Prophetic Initiation: Ismaili Exegesis (ta’wil) of the Quranic Adam Story (0 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other)

Adi Shiran, University of Chicago
Bloody Wrath and Healing Touches: Yūsuf and His Brothers in Early Twelver Shī‛ī Tafsīr (0 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other), Rabbinic Literature (Early Jewish Literature – Rabbinic Literature), Comparative Approaches (Interpretive Approaches)

Javad Hashmi, Harvard University and Haci Gunduz, Harvard University
The Qurʾānic Story, Not History but Literature: Muḥammad Khalafallāh’s Forbidden Dissertation (0 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other)

Alena Kulinich, University of Oxford/Seoul National University
Justifying Wealth and Poverty by the Qur’ān: A Medieval Muslim Perspective (0 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other)


PV20-339a


Qur’anic Studies: Methodology and Hermeneutics
11/20/2021
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD
This session will be virtual.Khalil Andani, Presiding

Havva Guney-Ruebenacker, Yale Law School
The Foundation Structure and Methodology of the Qu’an ad the Qur’an Tells: Decoding Verse 3:7 and the Innter Map of the Qur’an (0 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other)

Kamal Ahmed, Princeton University
Epistemology of Exegesis: Tafsīr and Taʾwīl in Early Sunni Qurʾān Commentaries (0 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other)

Nicholas Boylston, Seattle University
Troubling Tafsīr bi’l-Ra’y: Sayyid Ḥaydar Āmulī’s Negotiation of Hermeneutic Authority between Twelver Shi‘ism and Sufism (0 min)
Tag(s): 1 Esdras (Biblical Literature – Deuterocanonical Works)

Han Hsien Liew, Arizona State University
Sidestepping Controversy: al-Māwardī’s Muʿtazilī Leanings in His Qurʾānic Exegesis (0 min)
Tag(s): 1 Esdras (Biblical Literature – Deuterocanonical Works)

Syed A.H. Zaidi, Islamic Civilizations – Emory University
The Use of the Qur’ān in the Brethren of Purity’s (Ikhwān al-Ṣafā’) Conception of God (0 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other)


P21-127a


Linguistic, Literary, and Thematic Perspectives on the Qur’anic Corpus
11/21/2021

9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBDTheme: The Quran and Its Audience

Anne-Sylvie Boisliveau, Presiding

Gabriel Said Reynolds, Notre Dame
On Reported Speech in the Qur’an: A Preliminary Inquiry (30 min)
Tag(s): 1 Esdras (Biblical Literature – Deuterocanonical Works)

Jáchym Šenkyrík, Charles University
Rhetorical Strategies Used in the Qur’an for Creating the “Other”: Examples from Surahs 5 and 9 (30 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other)

Mohsen Goudarzi, University of Minnesota
Pagans, Jews, and the Torah in Late Antique Arabia (30 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other)

Discussion (30 min)


P21-231a


Linguistic, Literary, and Thematic Perspectives on the Qur’anic Corpus
11/21/2021
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBDTheme: Philology, Theology, and Hermeneutics

Mohsen Goudarzi, Presiding

Zohar Hadromi-Allouche, Trinity College – Dublin
Bereshit in the Qur’an: Hebrew Presence in Qur’anic Narrations of Genesis (25 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other), Hebrew Bible / Old Testament / Greek OT (Septuagint) (Biblical Literature – Hebrew Bible/Old Testament/Greek OT (Septuagint)), Torah/Pentateuch – Genesis (Biblical Literature – Hebrew Bible/Old Testament/Greek OT (Septuagint))

Ghassan el Masri, Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Etymologia Sacra: Qurʾanic Etymologies and Theological Authority (25 min)
Tag(s): 1 Esdras (Biblical Literature – Deuterocanonical Works)

Daniel Bannoura, University of Notre Dame
A Critical Literary Examination of Q 38: Its Content and Redaction (25 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other)

Sheza Alqera Atiq, Harvard University
Revelation and Rhetoric in Early Mu’tazili Writings (25 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other)

Discussion (25 min)


P21-349


The Qur’an and Late Antiquity
11/21/2021

4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBDTheme: The Prophet and the Prophetic in the Qur’an

Johanne Louise Christiansen, Presiding

Emran El-Badawi, University of Houston
Contesting Female Power in Q 53 (0 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other)


P23-139


The Qur’an and Late Antiquity
11/23/2021
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBDTheme: The Prophet and the Prophetic in the Qur’an

Michael Pregill, Presiding

Diaa Abdelmobdy, University of Copenhagen and Diaa Mohamed, A _Not Found
Ambiguity as a Bridging Identity: The Role of Semantic Ambiguity in Forming the Prophetic Identity of Muhammad (0 min)
Tag(s): 1 Esdras (Biblical Literature – Deuterocanonical Works)

Juan Cole, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
God’s Biography of Muhammad in the Qur’an (0 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other)


P23-140


The Qur’an: Manuscripts and Textual Criticism
11/23/2021

9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBDDaniel Alan Brubaker, Independent
Judging the Significance of Single Occurrence Non-orthographic Quran Manuscript Variants (0 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other), Material Culture (Archaeology & Iconography), Text Criticism (Interpretive Approaches)

Eléonore Cellard, Collège de France
Revisiting the Codex Amrensis 22: New Lights on the Monumental Qur’ān Copy from the ‘Amr Mosque, Cairo (0 min)
Tag(s): Qur’an (Other)

Adam Flowers, University of Chicago
P.Utah.Ar.120: A Late-7th/Early-8th-Century CE Qur’anic Quotation on Papyrus (0 min)
Tag(s): 1 Esdras (Biblical Literature – Deuterocanonical Works)

Yousef Wahb Aly, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor
Quran vs Qirāʾāt: Early Legal Discourses on Textual Authenticity (0 min)
Tag(s): 1 Esdras (Biblical Literature – Deuterocanonical Works)