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Conference Schedule: IQSA Events 2021
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PV19-102a
The Qur’an: Surah Studies
11/19/2021
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

VIRTUAL SESSION

Shawkat Toorawa, Presiding
Nevin Reda, Presiding

Valentina A. Grasso, University of Cambridge
Jinn among Humans and Birds: The Making of Qur’anic Cosmology (30 min)

Johanne Louise Christiansen, University of Southern Denmark
The Metaphorical Problem of Q al-Naml 27:80: Is Death Really a (Spiritual) Disability? (30 min)

Mohammad Salama, Independent Scholar
“Before You Blink”: Rhetorical Dynamics of mu‘jiza and ‘ilm In Surat al-Naml (30 min)

Afra Jalabi, Concordia University
The Little Ant’s Portal into the Qur’an: Towards a Hermeneutics of Nonresistance (30 min)

David Penchansky, University of St. Thomas
Surat al-Fil, the Elephant Surah: The Story and the Backstory (30 min)

P19-205a
The Societal Qur’an
11/19/2021
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

VIRTUAL SESSION

Lauren Osborne, Presiding

Sajjad Rizvi, University of Exeter
Contesting Islam and the Imam in Persianate Exegesis at the Turn of the 20th Century (30 min)

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

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

Majid Daneshgar, University of Freiburg
Engine behind Tafsir Production in the Malay-Indonesian World at the Turn of the 20th Century (30 min)

Ian VanderMeulen, New York University
Remediating the Ramziyya: Qur’anic “readings” and textual authority in Moroccoro (30 min)
P19-301a
The Qur’an and Biblical Tradition  

11/19/2021
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM

VIRTUAL SESSION

Nora Schmid, Oxford University, Presiding

Holger Zellentin, University of Tuebingen, Presiding

Abdulla Galadari, Khalifa University
The Will and Testament of Jesus Christ: The Intertextuality between Q al-Ma’idah 5:116–120 and John 17 (30 min)

Anna Canton, Sapienza University of Rome
Is the Eschatological Window Closing? The Hour between Q al-Kahf 18:32–44 and the Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:16–21) (30 min)

Naomi Koltun-Fromm, Haverford College
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Stones, Lythic Metaphors, and Sacred Space in the Bible, the Qur’an, and the Late Ancient Interpretive Traditions (30 min)

Saqib Hussain, University of Oxford
Adam and the Names (30 min)

Zohar Hadromi-Allouche, Trinity College – Dublin
Bereshit in the Qur’an: Hebrew Presence in Qur’anic Narrations of Genesis (30 min)

P19-401a
11/19/2021
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Room:
225B (Meeting Room Level) – San Antonio Convention Center

Theme: Presidential Address

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

PV20-138a
Qur’anic Studies: Methodology and Hermeneutics  

11/20/2021
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

VIRTUAL SESSION

Theme: Quranic Narrative and Hermeneutics

Celene Ibrahim, Presiding

David Solomon Jalajel, King Saud University
Adam and Eve’s Garden in Islamic Thought: Heaven or Earth? (30 min)

Shoaib Ahmed Malik, Zayed University
Adam and Eve’s Garden in Islamic Thought: Heaven or Earth? (30 min)

Khalil Andani, Augustana College and Shoaib Malik, A _Not Found
Creation as Prophetic Initiation: Ismaili Exegesis (ta’wil) of the Quranic Adam Story (30 min)

Adi Shiran, University of Chicago
Bloody Wrath and Healing Touches: Yusuf and His Brothers in Early Twelver Shi‛i Tafsir (30 min)

Javad Hashmi, Harvard University and Haci Gunduz, Harvard University
The Qur’anic Story, Not History but Literature: Muhammad Khalafallah’s Forbidden Dissertation (30 min)

Alena Kulinich, University of Oxford/Seoul National University
Justifying Wealth and Poverty by the Qur’an: A Medieval Muslim Perspective (30 min)
P20-334
Linguistic, Literary, and Thematic Perspectives on the Qur’anic Corpus  

11/20/2021
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: 225B (Meeting Room Level) – San Antonio Convention Center

Andrew O’Connor, St. Norbert College, Presiding

Gabriel Said Reynolds, Notre Dame
On Reported Speech in the Qur’an: A Preliminary Inquiry (30 min)

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

Daniel Bannoura, University of Notre Dame
A Critical Literary Examination of Q 38: Its Content and Redaction (30 min)

Hythem Sidky, Independent
Consonantal Dotting in the ‘Uthmanic Archetype (30 min)
Discussion (30 min)

P21-127a
Linguistic, Literary, and Thematic Perspectives on the Qur’anic Corpus  

11/21/2021
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 225B (Meeting Room Level) – San Antonio Convention Center

Hythem Sidky, Independent, Presiding

Andrew J. O’Connor, St. Norbert College
Guidance Stories: A Prophetological Profile of Q al-Naml 27 (30 min)

Han Hsien Liew, Arizona State University
Sidestepping Controversy: al-Mawardi’s Muʿtazili Leanings in His Qur’anic Exegesis (30 min)

Mourad Takawi, University of the Incarnate Word
“The Arboreal Presentation of Muḥammad and the Believers in Q Al-Fath 48” (30 min)

Eric DeVilliers, University of Notre Dame
“Is There No Doubt About the Hour?: The Limits of Prophetic Knowledge and the Historical Muhammad” (30 min)
Discussion (30 min)

PV20-233
Qur’anic Studies: Methodology and Hermeneutics  

11/21/2021
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

VIRTUAL SESSION

Khalil Andani, Presiding

Havva Guney-Ruebenacker, Yale Law School
The Foundation Structure and Methodology of the Qu’an as the Qur’an Tells (30 min)

Kamal Ahmed, Princeton University
Epistemology of Exegesis: Tafsir and Ta’wil in Early Sunni Qur’an Commentaries (30 min)

Nicholas Boylston, Seattle University
Troubling Tafsir bi’l-Ra’y: Sayyid Haydar Amuli’s Negotiation of Hermeneutic Authority between Twelver Shi‘ism and Sufism (30 min)

Syed A.H. Zaidi, Islamic Civilizations – Emory University
The Use of the Qur’an in the Brethren of Purity’s (Ikhwan al-Safa’) Conception of God (30 min)

Sheza Alqera Atiq, Harvard University
Revelation and Rhetoric in Early Mu’tazili Writings (30 min)
P21-245a
The Qur’an and Late Antiquity
11/21/2021
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

VIRTUAL

Theme: The Prophet and the Prophetic in the Qur’an (1)

Michael Pregill, Chapman University, Presiding

Eric DeVilliers, University of Notre Dame
“Is There No Doubt About the Hour?: The Limits of Prophetic Knowledge and the Historical Muhammad” (30 min)

Zahra Moeini Meybodi, University of Chicago
“Giving and Prophetic Time: A Thematic Re-reading of Surat al-Fajr” (30 min)

Mourad Takawi, University of the Incarnate Word
“The Arboreal Presentation of Muḥammad and the Believers in Q Al-Fath 48” (30 min)

Juan Cole, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
“God’s Biography of Muhammad in the Qur’an” (30 min)
Discussion (30 min)

P21-347
The Qur’an and Late Antiquity
11/21/2021
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM

VIRTUAL SESSION

Theme: The Prophet and the Prophetic in the Qur’an (2)

Johanne Louise Christiansen, University of Southern Denmark, Presiding

Emran El-Badawi, University of Houston
“Contesting Female Power in Q 53” (30 min)

Diaa Abdelmobdy, University of Copenhagen
“Ambiguity as a Bridging Identity: The Role of Semantic Ambiguity in Forming the Prophetic Identity of Muhammad” (30 min)

Mehdi Azaiez, Université catholique de Louvain
“A (Im)possible Biography of the Qur’anic First Addressee” (30 min)

Michael Pregill, Chapman University
“Is There a Prophet in This Text? The Qur’anic Author and the State of Muhammad Studies” (30 min)
Discussion (30 min)

P22-149
The Qur’an: Manuscripts and Textual Criticism
11/22/2021
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

VIRTUAL SESSION

Michael McCoy III, Independent Scholar, Presiding

Daniel Alan Brubaker, Independent
Judging the Significance of Single Occurrence Non-orthographic Qur’an Manuscript Variants (25 min)

Adam Flowers, University of Chicago
P.Utah.Ar.120: A Late-7th/Early-8th-Century CE Qur’anic Quotation on Papyrus (25 min)

Yousef Wahb Aly, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor
Quran vs Qira’at: Early Legal Discourses on Textual Authenticity (25 min)

Mohsen Goudarzi, Harvard University
Pagans, Jews, and the Torah in Late Antique Arabia
(25 min)

Muammar Zayn Qadafy, Freiburg University
An Early Chronological Interpretation of the Qur’an (Ibn ‘Aṭiyyah [d. 542/ 1147] on the Zakāh Verses (25 min)

Devin Stewart, Emory University
Typological Language in the Qur’an (25 min)