"Contemplating the Qur'an" Conference at Howard University

March 25, 2013, 8:00 AM to March 26, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

Professor Maria Dakake, Department of Religious Studies, collaborated with other renowned scholars of Islamic Studies to organize a conference on "Contemplating the Qur'an", held at Howard University on March 25 and 26. The conference was sponsored in part by the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies, as well as Howard University's School of Divinity, Georgetown University, and the International Institute of Islamic Thought.

The conference highlighted several areas of contemporary Qur'anic scholarship, including the study of different hermeneutical approaches to the Qur'an; intertextual and thematic readings of the Qur'anic text; and textual analyses that explore the relationship between structure and meaning in the Qur'an. One of the key aims of the conference was to foster discussion between academics, community leaders, and students regarding the Qur’an and its various interpretations. The conference focused on the following topics:

  • The Qur'an in dialogue with Jews and Christians
  • The Qur'an between faith and critical thinking
  • Qur'anic ethics
  • Gender in the Qur'an
  • Intertextual readings of the Qur'an
  • Thematic and stylistic analysis

View or download the conference schedule here.

Location: Howard University School of Divinity, 1400 Shepherd Street NE, Washington, DC 20017

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