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Introducing the Qur'an

Dr Nicolai Sinai, Professor of Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, presents this mini-series of four brief talks that introduces central aspects of current research dealing with the historical context and literary character of the scripture of Islam.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Hovering about the Qur'an without entering into it? On the academic study of the Qur’an. What does it mean to study the Qur’an historically? In this initial episode we consider how historically oriented research on the Qur’an relates to religious belief and to traditional Islamic scriptural interpretation. Nicolai Sinai 27 Feb 2018
2 Rekindling Prophecy: The Qur'an in its historical milieu. This second episode examines the historical context in which the material now collected in the Qur’an was first promulgated. Special attention is paid to the various groups of addressees who figure in the Qur’an. Nicolai Sinai 27 Feb 2018
3 Confirming and Clarifying: The Qur'an in conversation with earlier Judaeo-Christian traditions The Qur’an’s original addressees must have been familiar with earlier Jewish and Christian traditions, which the Qur’an claims both to “confirm” and to “clarify”. Narratives about Abraham and the death of Pharaoh serve to exemplify what this means. Nicolai Sinai 27 Feb 2018
4 The Qur'an as literature A principal reason for why the Qur’an managed to establish itself as a text believed to constitute divine revelation is that it is compelling literature. How do Islamic and modern Western scholars approach the Qur’an’s literary dimension? Nicolai Sinai 27 Feb 2018