Conference Schedule

Please find the full SBL/AAR Conference Schedule here.



1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: 702 (Street Level) – Convention Center (CC)
This panel features a diverse set of scholarly approaches to studying the Qur’an.

Holger Zellentin, University of Tuebingen, Presiding

Halla Attallah, Georgetown University
The Rhetoric of Female (In)fertility in Surat al-Dhariyat (30 min)

Jacob Kildoo, University of Notre Dame
On Qur’anic Argumentation and the Knowing Human Subject (30 min)

Alina Jabbari, American University of Iraq, Sulaimani
Gender as a Hermeneutic Lens: How Gender Sensitive Readings of the Qur’an Fulfill a Muslim Woman’s Need (30 min)


4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 702 (Street Level) – Convention Center (CC)Valentina Grasso, Presiding

Theme: The Qur’an & Late Antiquity
the Qur’an and Late Antiquity program unit centralizes proposals?that utilize various types of material or evidence—be that?literary, documentary, or epigraphic—to illuminate the historical context in which the Qur’an was revealed and the early Islamic polity emerged.

Rachel Claire Dryden, University of Southern Denmark
EQaB: Teaching and Authority in the Bible and Qur’ān: Jesus and Muhammad (30 min)

David Penchansky, University of Saint Thomas (Saint Paul, MN)
Hud and Salih: Parallel Prophets (30 min)

Tugrul Kurt, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin – Humboldt University of Berlin
The Syriac-Christian Sources of the isrāʾīliyyāt-narrations of Early Muslim Exegetes: Reception of the Syriac Cave of Treasures (30 min)

Emran El-Badawi, University of Houston
Hajj Customs after the Smiting of Pagan Goddesses (30 min)


9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Summit 25 (Fourth Level) – Hyatt Regency (HR)

Theme: Law Beyond Israel
Book Discussion of Holger Zellentin’s Law Beyond Israel: From the Bible to the Qur’an.

Holger Zellentin, University of Tuebingen, Panelist

Daniel Weiss, University of Cambridge, Panelist

Isaac Oliver, Bradley University, Panelist

Carol Bakhos, University of California-Los Angeles, Panelist

Halla Attallah, Georgetown University, Panelist


1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Director’s Row J (Plaza Tower – Lobby Level) – Sheraton Downtown (SD)

Andrew O’Connor, Saint Norbert College, Presiding

Kathryn Kueny, Fordham University
“The Vilest State of Life”: Enacting Old Age in the Qur’an and Early Muslim Sources (25 min)

Thomas Hoffmann, University of Copenhagen
Heavenly Heavy: Conceptual Metaphor, Naïve Physics, Biblical kavod/doxa, and Qurʾānic Revelation (25 min)

Abdulla Galadari, Khalifa University of Science & Technology
Illeism in the Qur’an (25 min)

Amira Abou-Taleb, University of Helsinki
The iḥsān Imperative: A Mandate for Beauty in the Qur’an (25 min)


7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Room: Offsite

Theme: General Reception


Joint Session With: Slavery, Resistance, and Freedom, International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA)
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Room: Capitol 5 (Fourth Level) – Hyatt Regency (HR)

Theme: Book Review of Elizabeth Urban’s Conquered Populations in Early Islam: Non-Arabs, Slaves, and the Sons of Slave Mothers

Stacy Davis, Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame), Presiding (5 min)

Sharon Jacob, Pacific School of Religion, Panelist (20 min)

Andrew O’Connor, Saint Norbert College, Panelist (20 min)

Elizabeth Urban, West Chester University, Respondent (20 min)

Discussion (55 min)