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Conference Schedule: IQSA Events 2020
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1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Presidential Address

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

Fred Donner, University of Chicago, Respondent (20 min)

Linguistic, Literary, and Thematic Perspectives on the Qur’anic Corpus  
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Linguistic, Literary, and Thematic Perspectives on the Qur’an

Mohsen Goudarzi, University of Minnesota, Presiding

Anne-Sylvie Boisliveau, Université de Strasbourg (France)
The Qur’an as a “Text and Commentary”: A New Paradygm for Qur’anic Studies? (24 min)

Karen A. Bauer, The Institute of Ismaili Studies (UK) with Feras Hamza (The Institute of Ismaili Studies (UK))
Is taqwa Fear? Revisiting Qur’anic taqwa and Related Terms (24 min)

Jake Kildoo, University of Notre Dame (USA))
Reason as Fidelity: A Synchronic Study of the Qur’ān’s Understanding of ʿAql (24 min)

Ivan Dyulgerov, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia (Bulgaria)
Meanings of Dīn inside the Qur’ān (24 min)

The Qur’an: Manuscripts and Textual Criticism  
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Alba Fedeli, Universität Hamburg, Presiding

Hythem Sidky, Independent Scholar
Consonantal Dotting in the Reading Traditions as Evidence of an Inherited Tradition (30 min)

Marijn van Putten, Independent Scholar
The Ibn Mas`udoid Text Tradition in Early Quranic Manuscripts (30 min)

Daniel Alan Brubaker, Rice
A Variant Quran: Further Discussion of the Text and Special Features of MS.474.2003 and Related Fragments (30 min)

Discussion (30 min)

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
IQSA Business Meeting
*Members Only

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
IQSA General Meeting
Open to Public

Qur’anic Studies: Methodology and Hermeneutics  
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Classical Qur’anic Hermeneutics: Theology, Metaphysics, and Exegesis

Karen Bauer, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, Presiding

Khalil Andani, Augustana College (USA)
God’s Speech through Gabriel’s Words: Sunni Ash‘arī Conceptions of Qur’ānic Revelation (20 min)

Arjun Nair, University of Southern California (USA)
Plumbing the World of the Quran, Reading the Cosmos as the Quran: Sayyid Ḥaydar Āmulī’s (d. 1385) Correspondence (taṭbīq) Theory and the Meaning of the Words of God (kalimāt Allāh) (20 min)

Ramon Harvey, Ebrahim College (UK)
Theological Exegesis and Exegetical Theology: Reading al-Māturīdī’s Taʾwīlāt al-qurʾān with His Kitāb al-tawḥīd (20 min)

Avigail Noy, University of Texas Austin (USA)
Quranic Imagery between the Literary and the Literal (20 min)

Syed A.H. Zaidi, Emory University (USA)
The Brethren of Purity’s Use of the Qur’an in Their Treatise on Love (20 min)

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

IQSA Graduate Student Roundtable

The Qur’an and Late Antiquity  
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Johanne Christiansen, University of Southern Denmark, Presiding

Juan Cole, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (USA)
Staff of Kothar, Aegis of Hephaistos: “Al-Kawthar” in Qur’an 108 as Late Antique Hybridity (20 min)

Abdulla Galadari, Khalifa University of Science & Technology (UAE)
The Source of Jesus’ Miracles in the Qur’an: Oral or Literary Traditions? (20 min)

W Richard Oakes Jr., Independent Scholar
The Talmud Bavli on the “Disagreement” in Q 4:157: Literary, Documentary, Historical, Cultural, and Religious Environment (20 min)

Ulla Tervahauta, University of Helsinki (Finland)
Mary, Holy Woman of the Desert and the Virgin Mother (20 min)

Eric DeVilliers, University of Notre Dame (USA)
Rahbaniyya and the Roots of Qur’anic Prophetology (20 min)

Qur’anic Studies: Methodology and Hermeneutics  
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Post-classical and Modern Qur’anic Exegesis

Khalil Andani, Augustana College, Presiding

Zahra Moeini Meybodi, University of Chicago (USA)
Redefining Rationality: Nuṣrat Amīn’s Exegesis of Īmān (20 min)

Pieter Coppens, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands)
‘Modernist’ and ‘Puritan’ Salafi Tafsīr: ʿAbduh, Qāsimī and Riḍā in Comparison (20 min)

Paola Pizzi, Sapienza Università di Roma (Italy)
Tawḥīd as Social Justice: The Anthropocentric Hermeneutics of the Syrian Theologian Ǧawdat Saʿīd (b. 1931) (20 min)

Seyed Hossein Hosseini Nassab, Emory University (USA)
Mulla Sadra’s Hermeneutics and Exegesis of the Light-Verse (Q 24:35): A Comparative Analysis (20 min)

The Qur’an and the Biblical Tradition  
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Session I

Nora Schmid, University of Oxford, Presiding

Thomas Hoffmann, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
A Ban in the Qur’ān: Was ḥērem Part of God’s sunna? (24 min)

David Penchansky, University of Saint Thomas (USA)
The Prophet and the Blind Man: Surat-al-Abasa and a Gospel Story (24 min)

Rachel Claire Dryden, Cambridge/Oxford (UK)
Iblīs on Trial: Guilty until Proven Innocent? (24 min)

Emran El-Badawi, University of Houston (USA)
The Zaqqum Tree and Biblical Asherah Grove (24 min)

The Qur’an: Surah Studies  
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Nevin Reda, University of Toronto, Presiding

Shawkat Toorawa, Yale University, Presiding

Halla Attallah, Georgetown University (USA)
Abraham’s Argument in Q 6:74–84: A Literary-Critical Examination of the Type-Scene in Sūrat Al-Anʿām (24 min)

Sohaib Saeed, Freiburg University (Germany)
Surat al-An’am as ‘mufassir’ and ‘mufassar’ (24 min)

Jáchym Šenkyrík, Charles University (Czech Republic)
“wa huwa alladhī jaʿalakum khalāʾifa l arḍi…” (Q. 6:165): “Succession” (خلف) as a Major   of Surat al-An‘am Regarding the Dialectics of the Inter-Communal Relations (24 min)

Adam Flowers, University of Chicago (USA)
The Qur’anic Treatise (24 min)

The Qur’an and the Biblical Tradition  
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Session II

Holger Zellentin, University of Tübingen, Presiding

Elon Harvey, The University of Chicago (USA)
Q 18:39b, the Ḥawqala, and Zech. 4:6b (24 min)

Zishan Ghaffar, University of Paderborn (Germany)
Counterfactual Intertextuality in the Qurʾān and the Exegetical Tradition of Syriac Christianity (24 min)

Johanne Louise Christiansen, University of Southern Denmark
“God Is Teaching You (wa-yuʿallimukumu llāhu)” (Q 2:282): On Teachers and Their Roles in the Qurʾān and the Hebrew Bible (24 min)

Saqib Hussain, Oxford University (UK)
The Qur’anic Decalogue in Light of Early-Jewish and Patristic Literature (24 min)

Qur’anic Exegesis: Unpublished and Recently Published tafsir Studies  
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Shady Hekmat Nasser, Harvard University, Presiding

Kamal R. Ahmed, Princeton University (USA)
The Taʾwīlāt ahl al-Sunnah of Abū Manṣūr al-Māturīdī (d. 333/944): Reconsidering Genres and Disciplines of Knowledge (25 min)

Conor Dube, Harvard University (USA)
More Thoughts on Tafsīr and Its Genre(s): Considerations from al-Ḥākim al-Jishumī’s Tahdhīb fī al-tafsīr (25 min)

Zarif Rahman, University of Virginia (USA)
Al-Māturidī’s Typology of Waḥī: Towards a Nuanced Understanding of a Central Islamic Term (25 min)

The Societal Qur’an  
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Thomas Hoffmann, University of Copenhagen, Presiding

Johanna Pink, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany)
The Qur’an and Empire: Languages, Social Spaces, and Modes of Translation (24 min)

Syeda Beena Butool, Florida State University (USA)
Inscriptions of an Empire: Qur’an and the Imperial Visual Landscape (24 min)

M. Brett Wilson, Central European University (Austria)
Challenging the Obligation to Fast during Ramadan via Qur’anic Interpretation (1920–1960) (24 min)

Francesca Badini, Fscire (Sicily)
The Qur’anic Commentary of Muḥammad al-Ġazālī (1917–1996): Introduction to the Tafsīr and analysis of Q. IV:2–4 (24 min)

Margherita Picchi, Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII (Italy)
A South African Tafsir of Praxis: Gender Based Violence in Claremont Main Road Mosque’s Sermons (2013–2020) (24 min)

IQSA Closing Session (Open to Public)

1:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Emran El-Badawi, University of Houston, Presiding
Holger Zellentin, University of Tuebingen, Presiding