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“Biblicist Bias in Qur’anic Studies from the Middle Ages to the Present” with Christopher Livanos
This presentation will be moderated by Professor Charles L. Cohen.

Western Qur’ānic studies continue to be affected by prejudices that the Western academy inherited from ancient and medieval heresiologists due to the academy’s origins as a religious institution and the ongoing absence of any systematic reckoning by Qur’ānic scholars to address their field’s history. The medieval tendency to view Islam as a Christian heresy has a persistent influence in the academy through the overemphasis of Biblical “sources” for the Qur’ān. Ludovico Marracci’s 1698 Qur’ān commentary was both the culmination of the medieval polemic tradition and the blueprint for subsequent Western engagement with the Qur’ān. Though few Qur’ānic scholars have the proficiency in Latin necessary to read Marracci’s work, Western Qur’ānic studies continues to overemphasize the Biblical because the field originated in a methodology that was fundamentally polemical rather than exegetic. This presentation proposes models from within the Christian and Muslim traditions that can pave the way towards a break from Biblicist tropes towards an interfaith understanding based on the rich exegetical traditions of both faiths.

Nov 30, 2020 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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