Conference Schedule 2015

International Qur’an Conference

Co-hosted by International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) and

State Islamic University (UIN) Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

August 4-6, 2015


Date and time



Day 1: Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Welcome Addresses

Recitation of Qur’anic Verses (5 minutes)

Sahiron Syamsuddin, presiding (5 minutes)

Akh. Minhaji, Rector of UIN (10 minutes)

Farid Esack, President-elect of IQSA (10 minutes)

Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, Minister of Religious Affairs, Opening the Conference (30 minutes)

Convention Hall (CH), 1st Floor


Keynote Speech 1

Mun’im Sirry, presiding

Keynote speaker: Abdullah Saeed, “Reading the Qur’an Contextually: Approach and Challenges” (45 minutes)

Respondent: Reuven Firestone (30 minutes)

CH, 1st Floor


Plenary Session 1: “Scholarly Approaches to the Qur’an”

Chair: Muhrisun

Fred Donner, “Reflections on the History and Evolution of Western Study of the Qur’an, from ca. 1900 to the present” (20 minutes)

Amin Abdullah “Contemporary Reading of the Quran: a Multi-Disciplinary Approach” (20 minutes)

David Penchansky, “A Qur’anic Theodicy: Sura 18:60-82” (20 minutes)

Yusuf Rahman, “The Indonesian Muslim Responses to the Outsiders’ Studies of the Qur’an and Tafsīr” (20 minutes)

CH, 1st Floor





Plenary Session 2: “Intertextuality: The Qur’an and the Biblical Tradition”

Chair: Moch. Nur Ichwan

Emran al-Badawi, “Between Qur’an & Church Canon: Near Eastern Law in the Long Seventh Century (570-705)” (20 minutes)

Abdulla Galadari, “Laylat al-Qadr: Muḥammad Assuming Authority by Alluding to the Gospel of St. John”(20 minutes)

Yudian W. Asmin,Layla al-Qadar as a Worldview of the Qur’an” (20 minutes)

CH, 1st Floor


Panel 1: “The Qur’anic Rhetoric”

Chair: Inayah Rohmaniyah

Adnane Mokrani, “Semitic Rhetoric and the Qur’an: the Work of Michel Cuypers” (20 minutes)

Mowafg Abrahem Masuwd, “The Narrative ofYa‘jūj wa Ma‘jūj: Intertextual Prophecies from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam” (20 minutes)

Nur Mahmudah, “The Use of Sunnah in Contemporary Qur’anic Interpretation: A Comparative Study of the View of Muhammad Shahrur and Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd” (20 minutes)

PAU, 2nd Floor


Panel 2: “The Qur’an: Text and Context”

Chair: Ahmad Muttaqin

Al Makin, “Interpretation from Outsiders, ‘deviant’ Qur’anic Interpretation in Indonesia” (20 minutes)

Elliott Bazzano, “Exegesis Outside the Classical Tafsīr Tradition: Khidr According to Ibn al-Arabi and Ibn Taymiyya” (20 minutes)

Lien Iffah Naf’atu Fina, “Revisiting the Concept of Tahrīf: A Contextual Interpretation of the Qur’anic Passages on the Tawrā and Injīl” (20 minutes)

PAU, 3rd Floor



Eastparc Hotel

Day 2: Wednesday, August 5, 2015


Plenary Session 3: “The Qur’an and Other Religions”

Chair: Emran el Badawi

Daniel Madigan, “Ways of Reading the Qur’an from within Another Religion: Where Theology and Philology Meet” (20 minutes)

Syafa’atun el-Mirzanah, “Many Types ofTawhid: Diversity of Religion in Islamic Mysticism” (20 minutes)

Nasarudin Umar, “Mystical Reading of the Qur’an” (20 minutes)

Mun’im Sirry, “Reading the Qur’an Inter-religiously” (20 minutes)

CH, 1st Floor


Panel 3: “Studies on the Qur’anic Manuscripts”

Chair: Saefuddin Zuhry al-Qudsy

Ali Akbar, “The Qur’anic Manuscripts inNusantara’s Palaces” (20 minutes)

Seyfeddin Kara, “In Search of ‘Ali ibn Abi Ṭalib’s Codex: Study of the Traditions on the Earliest Copy of the Qur’an” (20 minutes)

Izza Rohman, “Qur’anism in Modern Qur’an Interpretation: Authoritative or Authoritarian?” (20 minutes)

PAU, 2nd Floor


Panel 4: “Al-Qur’an fi daw’ al-tahaddiyat al-mu‘asira”

Chair: Muhajir

Hamim Ilyas, “al-Qur’an Kitab Rahma: Miqyas al-Tafsir al-Mu‘asir” (20 minutes)

Muchlis Hanafi, “Ishkaliyyah Tatbiq Nazariyyat al-‘Ulum al-Insaniyyah fi al-Dirasat al-Qura’niyyah”(20 minutes)

Abdul Mustaqim, “Al-Muamalah maa al-Bi’ah fi Daw al-Qur’an al-‘Azim” (20 minutes)

PAU, 3rd Floor





Keynote Speech 2

Noorhaidi Hasan, presiding

Keynote speaker: M. Machasin, “Qur’anic Text: From Ears to Eyes” (40 minutes)

Respondent: TBD (20 minutes)

CH, 1st Floor


Panel 5: “Local and Modern Contexts”

Chair: Roma Ulinnuha

Adam Flowers, “The Computer in Qur’anic Studies: A History, Analysis, and Appraisal” (20 minutes)

Ahmad Rafiq “The Place of the Qur’an in a Non Arabic Speaking Community in Indonesia” (20 minutes)

Han Hsien Liew, “The Caliphate of Adam: Theological Politics of the Qurʾānic Term ‘Khalīfa’” (20 minutes)

PAU, 2nd Floor

Panel 6: “Legal and Mystical Readings of the Qur’an?”

Chair: Khairullah Zikry

Alessandro Cancian, “Shi’i Sufism and Mystical Exegesis in the Light of Recent Research” (15minutes)

Jajang Rohmana, “Sufi Commentaries on the Qur’an in the Archipelago: A Comparison of Hamzah Fansuri (ca. 1600) and Haji Hasan Mustapa (1852-1930)” (15 minutes)

Munirul Ikhwan, “Interpreting the Qur’an between the Shari’a and the Changing Custom: A Case of Women’s attire” (15 minutes)

Peter Schmiedel, “The Qur’an, Economy and Normativity” (15 minutes)

PAU, 3rd Floor

Day 3, Thursday, August 6, 2015


Plenary Session 5: “The Qur’an, Politics and Tafsīr”

Chair: Fatimah Husain

Ali Mabrouk, “The Qur’an between the Constitutional Principles and the Procedural Aspects: How the Qur’an be Brought as a Base for a New Discourse?” (20 minutes)

Noorhaidi Hasan, “How do Islamists Justify Violence? The Qur’an on al-Wala’ wa al-bara’and It’s Use among Salafi Jihadists”(20 minutes)

Johanna Pink, “The global Islamic tradition and the nation state in the contemporary Muslim exegesis of the Qur’an” (20 minutes)

Moch. Nur Ichwan, “The Qur’an and Ethno-Nationalism: The Making of Jihad Ideology in Aceh, Indonesia”(20 minutes)

CH,1st Floor


Plenary Session 4: “Modern Trends in the Tafsir Tradition”

Chair: Farid Esack

Adis Duderija, “Patriarchy as a ‘Reading Strategy’: Understanding Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur’an 4:34 as Function of Stanley Fish’s Concept of “Interpretive Communities” (20 minutes)

Sahiron Syamsuddin, “Ma’na-cum-MagzaApproach to the Qur’an: An Interpretation of Q. 4: 34” (20 minutes)

David Vishanoff, “Genealogies of Contemporary Qur’anic Hermeneutics: Tracing Trajectories through Online Data” (20 minutes)

Majid Danesghar, “Obscure Social Thinker, Renowned Interpreter of the Qurʾān:Ṭanṭāwī Jawharī”(20 minutes)

CH,1st Floor





Graduate Forum 1

Chair: Ahmad Baidowi

Mu’ammar Zayn Qadafi, “The Epistemology of Macro Sabab al-Nuzul (15 minutes)

Limma Sauda,Gracia’s Textual Theory and Its Relevance to the Text of the Qur’an” (15 minutes)

Abd. Halim,Recognizing the Causes of Misinterpretation in Quranic exegesis(15 minutes)

Ahmad Taufik, Qur’anic Textual Interpretation(15 minutes)

PAU, 2nd Floor


Graduate Forum 2

Chair: Ali Imran

MasyitohMardlotillah, “Jews in the Qur’anaccording to Abdullah Yusuf Ali” (10 minutes)

Lenni Lestari, Menstrual Taboo in al-Qur’an and Biblical Tradition” (10 minutes)

Khoirul Hadi, “The Story of the Prophet Isa in the Qur’an and the Bible” (10 minutes)

FadhliLukman,Asma’ al-Qur’an as Self-Identity” (10 minutes)

MauidzahHasanah, Decoding the Stucture of Sura al-Mu’minun(10 minutes)

PAU, 3rd Floor


The Qur’an Seminar: Limited Group Discussion

Discussion leader: Emran el Badawi

Participants: all speakers

PAU, 2nd Floor


Closing Remarks

PAU, 2ndFloor