Seminars

  • Founded
    1977
  • Seminar Number
    559

The concerns of this seminar are interdisciplinary and humanistic. In addition to Arabic language and literature, the range of interests includes topics of significance for Islamic studies: religion, philosophy, science, law and history of the Muslim world, and modern social and cultural history. The seminar affords an opportunity to members and guest speakers to discuss research in progress. Because the members come from several disciplines, the substantive discussions draw upon various fields to expand the sources, help reformulate questions, and anticipate future publications.


Chair
Professor Muhsin al-Musawi
ma2188@columbia.edu

Rapporteur
Ruwa Mohammed Alhayek
rma2152@columbia.edu


All seminars will meet over Zoom for the 2020-2021 academic year. Meeting links provided upon RSVP. Meeting dates and times are subject to change. 

Meeting Schedule

01/29/2021 Online Meeting
11:00 AM

Stephan Sperl, University of London




02/26/2021 Online Meeting
11:00 AM
The Literary Qurʾan
Hoda el-Shakry, University of Chicago
Abstract

Abstract

In this talk Hoda El Shakry discusses her new book, The Literary Qurʾan: Narrative Ethics in the Maghreb (Fordham University Press, 2019), which was awarded the MLA’s 2020 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies. Showing how the Qurʾan models ethical reading practices, the book examines the influence of Qurʾanic textual, hermeneutical, and philosophical traditions on Arabic and Francophone novels from the Maghreb (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia). Placing canonical Francophone writers into conversation with lesser-known Arabophone ones, The Literary Qurʾan stages a series of pairings that invite readings across texts, languages, and literary canons. Theorizing the Qurʾan as a literary object, process, and model, the interdisciplinary study blends literary and theological methodologies, conceptual vocabularies, and reading practices.





04/02/2021 Online Meeting
11:00 AM

Max Weis, Princeton University