The Qur’an and Adab

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The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London
Second Floor, Room 2.1
24 – 26 April 2012
 

Conference description
Conference programme
Biographies
Abstracts

Programme (all panels are followed by a chaired discussion)


8:45

Welcome

9:00 – 10:40

Panel One: The Qur’an and the Concept of Adab

 

Chair: Stefan Sperl, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

 
Adab Between Belles-lettres and the Qur’an: Redefining and Expanding the Boundaries
Nuha al-Sha‘ar, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London
 
The Qur’an and the Pre-modern Arabic System of Adab
Sarah Bin Tyeer, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

11:00 – 12:40

Panel Two: Quoting the Qur’an: Theory and Techniques (al-Tha‘alibi, d. 429/1039)

 

Chair: Wen-Chin Ouyang, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

 
Between the Qur’an, Prose and Poetry: al-Tha‘alibi on the Registers of Speech
Bilal Orfali, American University of Beirut
 
Major Techniques of Quoting the Qur’an: al-Tha‘alibi’s al-Iqtibas min al-Qur’an
Maurice Pomerantz, New York University

13:40 - 15:20

Panel Three: The Qur’an in Poetry

 

Chair: James Montgomery, University of Cambridge

 
The Qur’an and the Character of Classical Arabic Poetry
Ghassan El Masri, Dahlem Humanities Centre, Berlin
 
Abbasid Poets and the Qur’an
Beatrice Gruendler, Yale University

15:40 - 17:20

Panel Four: The Reception of the Qur’an in Qisas al-Anbiya’ and Folk Literature (the Arabian Nights)

  Chair: Beatrice Gruendler, Yale University
 
The Place of the Quran in ‘The Sermons and Exhortations’ of Abu ‘Ubayd (d. 224/838)
Andrew Rippin, University of Victoria, British Columbia

17:30 - 18:30

Keynote Lecture

 
The Discovery of Writing: Tracing the Literary Revolution of the Qur’an
Angelika Neuwirth, Freie Universität, Berlin




9:00 – 10:40

Panel Five: The Qur’an, History and Rhetoric

 

Chair: Hugh Kennedy, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

 
Futuh Historiography as Adab Literature? The Use of Qur’anic material in the Futuh al-Shaminfo-icon of al-Azdi (d. 175/791)
Jens Scheiner, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen
 
Qur’an Citation in Early Arabic Oration (khutbainfo-icon): Mnemonic, Liturgical, and Evidentiary Functions
Tahera Qutbuddin, University of Chicago

11:00-12:40

Panel Six: The Qur’an and the Art of Quoting

 

Chair: Gerard Van Gelder, the University of Oxford

 
Al-Ma‘arri’s al-Fusul wa’l-ghayat and the Qur’an: Issues of Prosody and the use of the Qur’an
Devin J. Stewart, Emory University, Georgia
 
Qur’anic Exegesis as Belles-Lettres: The Case of the Epistles of the Pure Brethren (Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safa)
Omar Ali-de-Unzaga, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London

13.40-16.00

Panel Seven: The Reception of the Qur’an in Mirrors for Princes

 

Chair: Eric Ormsby, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London

 
The Qur’an and Mirrors for Princes: Reading the Work of Tahir b. al-Husayn
Eisa Ali Alakoub, University of Aleppo
 
He who has been given wisdom has received abundant good’: The Reception of the Qur’an in Arabic and Persian Mirrors for Princes
Louise Marlow, Wellesley College, Massachusetts
 
Speaking through the Qur’an: The hermeneutical interpretations of ‘Ayn al-Qudat Hamadani (d. 525/1099)
Daryoush Mohammad Poor, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London




9:00-10.40
Panel Eight: The Reception of the Qur’an in Devotional Literature and Islamic Mysticism
 
Chair: Ayman El-Desouky, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
 
‘Serving from Afar’ - the Adab of Interpreting the Qur’an in Islamic Mysticism
Steffen Stelzer, American University of Cairo
 
al-Kharraz’s Mystical Reading of Prophetic Stories in the Qur’an
Nada Saab, Lebanese American University, Beirut
11:00-12:30
General discussion
 
Chair: Nuha al-Sha‘ar