Thursday, July 7, 2011

VIDEO: George Mason University Qur'an Studies Conference (2010)

New Approaches to Qur'an and Exegesis Conference Opening Remarks and Feras Hamza from Ali Vural Ak Center for Global I on Vimeo.

New Approaches to Qur'an and Exegesis

Center for Global Islamic Studies Fall Conference, 2010

October 23, 2010 - October 24, 2010 (Harris Theater)

This conference will bring together international scholars working on the Qur'an and its classical commentary tradition (tafsir). The presenters will discuss how new scholarly approaches to the Qur'an and the tafsir tradition have led to an increasing appreciation for the diversity of ways in which the Qur'an has been received and interpreted by Muslims, and the significance of this research for contemporary Muslim understandings of the text.

Presentations will include:

  • Dr. Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana University), "Reading Martydrom in the Qur'an: An Exegetical Survey of Key Verses"
  • Dr. Juliane Hammer (George Mason University), "American Muslim Women's Readings of the Qur'an"
  • Dr. Todd Lawson (University of Toronto), "Tafsir and the Meaning of the Qur'an: The Crucifixion in Muslim Thought"
  • Dr. Mohammed Rustom (Carleton University), "The Word Made Book: Mulla Sadra's Qur'anic Hermeneutics in Context"
  • Dr. Qamar Al-Huda (US Institute of Peace), "Modern Tafsir on Peace-building and Reconciliation in the Qur'an"
  • Dr. Feras Hamza (American University of Dubai), "The Unwritten Tafsir and the Lingering Elusiveness of the Qur'anic Text"
  • Dr. Joseph Lumbard (Brandeis University), "Covenant and Covenantalism in the Qur'an"
  • Dr. Walid Saleh (University of Toronto), "Arabic Historiography of Tafsir: Printing and Ideology in the Modern Islamic World"
  • Dr. Caner Dagli (College of the Holy Cross), "The Laws of War and Religious Coversion in the Qur'an"
  • Dr. Muzaffar Iqbal (Center for Islam and Science), "New Approaches to the Qur'an and Science Nexus"
  • Farhana Mayer (Institute of Ismaili Studies, London), "Mystical Hermeneutics and Cosmology in the Tafsir Ascribed by the Sufis to Ja'far al-Sadiq"
  • Dr. Kristin Sands (Sarah Lawrence University), "The Problem of Listless Lovers in al-Qushayri's Lata'if al-Isharat"

In addition, Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr of George Washington University will be giving the keynote speech.