Conference Schedule

The general lecture on Monday, April 20 will be held in the Rare Books Room of Hesburgh Library. All other events will be held in McKenna Hall.

SUNDAY April 19
7:30-8:30 PM (Video)

Welcoming Address: Fr. John Jenkins, President of the University of Notre Dame

General Lecture: Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd: “The Multi-dimensional Quranic Worldview: Tartib al-Tilawa versus Tartib al-Nuzul”

Response to be offered by Prof. Abdolkarim Soroush

Reception to follow

MONDAY April 20
8:30-10:00 AM – Section I. The Quran: manuscripts and variants

David S. Powers: “BNF 328a and the Mystery of al-kalala”

Gerd-R. Puin: “The Historical Dimension of the Letter Alif in Quranic Orthography: Some Unexpected Details to Learn from the Old Manuscripts”

Clare Wilde: “Christian Arabic Manuscripts: Evidence for the Circulation of Non-Uthmanic Codices?”

10:15-11:45 AM – Section II. The Quran: historical evidence

Fred M. Donner: “The Historian, the Believer, and the Quran”

Hani Hayajneh: “Ancient South and North Arabian Epigraphic Marginalia on Some Quranic Vocabularies and Expressions”

Alford Welch: “The Significance of the Fawatih al-suwar in the History of the Oral and Written Quran during the Lifetime of the Prophet”

1:15-3:15 PM – Section III. The Quran: historical linguistics (i.e. Arabic, Semitics, etc.)

Manfred Kropp: “Tripartite, but Anti-trinitarian Formulas in the Quranic Corpus, Possibly Pre-Quranic”

Shawkat M. Toorawa: “Lone Words and Loan Words: An Inquiry into the Function(s) of Hapaxes, Quadriliterals and Other Such Curiosities in the Quran”

Andrew Rippin: “Studies in Quranic Vocabulary: the Problem of the Dictionary”

Munther Younes: “Angels, Death, the Soul, Stars, Bows—or Women?: The Opening Verses of Quran 79”

3:45-5:15 PM – Section IV. The Quran as Literature

Reuven Firestone: “Is There a Notion of ‘Divine Election’ in the Quran”

Fr. Sidney Griffith: “Al-Nasara in the Quran: Some Hermeneutical Reflections”

Gerald Hawting: “‘Has God Sent a Mortal as a Messenger?’ (Q17:95). Objections to the Prophet in the Quran”

7:30-8:30 PM (Video)

Welcoming Address: Prof. Olivia Constable, Director, Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame

General Lecture: Robert Hoyland: “The Earliest Written Evidence of the Arabic Language and Its Importance for the Study of the Quran”

Reception to follow in the Medieval Institute

TUESDAY April 21
8:30-10:00 AM – Section V. The Quran: earlier religious literature and tradition (1)

Emran El-Badawi: “The Language of Condemnation in the Quran and the Syriac Gospel of Matthew”

Christoph Luxenberg: “On the Defense of the Prophet from Accusations of Diabolical Possession in Quran 53 (surat al-najm)” (n.b. Paper to be delivered in French.)

Suleiman Mourad: “Does the Quran Deny or Assert Jesus’s Crucifixion and Death?”

10:15-11:45 AM – Section V. The Quran: earlier religious literature and tradition (2)

Waleed Ahmed: “Lot’s Daughters in the Quran: An Examination Through the Lens of Intertextuality”

Devin Stewart: “The Quran in Light of Greek Oracular Texts”

Joseph Witztum: “A Re-Examination of Surat Yusuf (Q 12)”