Conference Schedule

Please find the full SBL/AAR Conference Schedule here.


4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 702 (Street Level) – Convention Center (CC)
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.

Valentina A. Grasso, New York University, Presiding

Rachel Claire Dryden, University of Southern Denmark
EQaB: Teaching and Authority in the Bible and Qur’an: 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 isra’iliyyat-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: Silver A (Third Level) – Hyatt Regency (HR)

Theme: Law Beyond Israel

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

The Hebrew Bible formulates two sets of law: one for the Israelites and one for the gentile “residents” living in the Holy Land. Holger Zellentin’s Law Beyond Israel: From the Bible to the Qur’an argues that these biblical laws for non-Israelites form the historical basis of qur’anic law. This volume corroborates its central claim by assessing laws for gentiles in late antique Jewish and especially in Christian legal discourse, pointing to previously underappreciated legal continuity from the Hebrew Bible to the New Testament and from late antique Christianity to nascent Islam. This panel, featuring both specialists on the Bible and the Qur’an/early Islam, will review and discuss this recent work along with a response from Holger Zellentin.


Andrew O’Connor, St. Norbert College, Presiding

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

Holger Zellentin, University of Tuebingen, Panelist



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


Emran El-Badawi, University of Houston, Presiding

Abdulla Galadari, Khalifa University of Science & Technology
Illeism in the Qur’an (30 min)

Amira Abou-Taleb, University of Helsinki
The ihsan Imperative: A Mandate for Beauty in the Qur’an (30 min)

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)

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Room: Offsite

Theme: General Reception
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S20-339 Slavery, Resistance, and Freedom / International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA)

Joint Session With: Slavery, Resistance, and Freedom (SBL), 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)