Lecture with Professor Angelika Neuwirth - A Leading Scholar in Qur’anic Studies

Lecture with Professor Angelika Neuwirth – A Leading Scholar in Qur’anic Studies

This twenty eight-minute lecture by Professor Angelika Neuwirth (Freie Universitat Berlin), a leading scholar in Qur’anic studies, invites viewers to a contextual reading of the Qur’an, in the light of the milieu of the revelation and the subsequent development of the Muslim community. Based on her thirty years of engagement with the topic, Professor Neuwirth…

Tafsir Islamic Intellectual History

Institute of Ismaili Studies Publishes New Book on Tafsir and Islamic Intellectual History

Tafsir and Islamic Intellectual History – Exploring the Boundaries of a Genre Edited by Andreas Görke and Johanna Pink Offers the only up-to-date survey of scholarship on tafs’ir as a genre and its place within the broader framework of Muslim scholarship. The first attempt at analyzing the fields in which Muslim exegetical activity takes place,…

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First print versions of the Quran: Commissioned by Christian Monasteries in Venice, Italy & Russian Empress Catherine the Great in St. Petersberg, Russia

Calligraphy was considered the supreme art, the one valued most highly in Islamic culture. The sacredness of the Qur’an led to its transcription in a beautiful hand, and this sanctity explains why handwritten copies remained popular and why printed editions of the Qur’an were so slow to be accepted. While translations of the Qur’an into…

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The Holy Qur’an has inspired works of art and architecture

The Holy Qur’an, the sacred book of Muslims, literally means ‘recitation’ and thus, originated not as a written text to be read silently, but an orally transmitted message from God to be memorized and recited aloud. It is also a work that has been copied by hand more than any other book in Muslim regions.…

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Qur’an manuscript: possibly from Fatimid royal library

Libraries have existed for a long time, dating back to at least the third millennium BC Babylonian times. In the early days, a library was also a record-room for the storage of clay tablets. Excavations have discovered Assyrian tablets in Egypt dating to the second millennium BC. King Ashurbanipal (r. 668-627 BC) had an archive…

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New IIS Book: Scripture, Poetry and the Making of a Community: Reading the Qur’an as a Literary Text

This volume presents the views on the Qur’an by Professor Angelika Neuwirth, one of the leading scholars in Qur’anic studies today. It contains fourteen articles that reflect her original thought on the topic as developed over thirty years of research.  The book consists of a mixture of new as well as previously published pieces,…

IIS Timeline: Quranic Commentators Throughout History

IIS Timeline: Quranic Commentators Throughout History

Timeline By The Institute of Ismaili Studies From about the third/ninth century, Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir al-Qur’an) has constituted an important sub-discipline of a larger scholarly discipline known as ‘ulum al-Qur’an (literally, the sciences of the Qur’an). This scholarly discipline has been responsible for a literary output that has continued into the modern day. Tafsir works…

Islamicate: Tweeting the Qur'an 2014/1435

Islamicate: Tweeting the Qur’an 2014/1435

Hashtags: #Quran #ttquran #Ramadan Traditionally, Muslims read the Qur’an in its entirety over this time, in a section a day. The Qur’an is split into thirty sections, called juz’, and one section is read each night. This year is the 6th year I am inviting people to tweet the Qur’an for Ramadan. via islamicate: Tweeting the Qur’an…

New Publication: Aims, Methods and Contexts of Qur'anic Exegesis, by Dr Karen Bauer

New Publication: Aims, Methods and Contexts of Qur’anic Exegesis, by Dr Karen Bauer

Edited by Karen Bauer Essays written by leading scholars, who provide multiple perspectives on the interpretation of the Qur’an. Focuses on the genre of tafsir in the 2nd/8th to the 9th/15th centuries and shows how theories and contexts affect the content and method of exegesis. Individual essays emphasise how geography, human networks, hermeneutical systems and…

Institute of Ismaili Studies Organises Colloquium on Approaches to the Qur’an in Contemporary Iran

Institute of Ismaili Studies Organises Colloquium on Approaches to the Qur’an in Contemporary Iran

The Qur’anic Studies Unit at the IIS organised an international colloquium from 2–4 September 2013 entitled Approaches to the Qur’an in Contemporary Iran. This was the second event following two panels in 2012 at the Ninth Biennial Iranian Studies Conference in Istanbul. The colloquium brought together twenty-four scholars from around the globe representing seventeen institutions…

Institute of Ismaili Studies hosts: Approaches to the Qur’an in Contemporary Iran

The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London 2–4 September 2013 This colloquium seeks to examine the plurality of approaches to the Qur’an in contemporary Iran. By bringing together specialists in early modern and contemporary Iran from various disciplines, ranging from the social sciences to Qur’anic studies, the colloquium draws as comprehensive as possible a picture of…

The Noble Qur’an – An Inexhaustible Well-Spring of Inspiration and Knowledge – By His Highness the Aga Khan

…Rich in parable and allegory, metaphor and symbol, [the discourse of the Qur’an-e-Sharif] has been an inexhaustible well-spring of inspiration, lending itself to a wide spectrum of interpretations. This freedom of interpretation is a generosity which the Qur’an confers upon all believers, uniting them in the conviction that All-Merciful Allah will forgive them if they…

Contemporary Crises and Spiritual Challenges: A Qur’anic Response – Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi

Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi highlights some of the spiritual principles more strikingly evident and inspiring in the Qur’an, principles that help us to understand, diagnose and overcome, at least inwardly, the multiple variegated crises with which we are confronted in the modern world. http://vimeo.com/66981244 Earlier: Lecture on the esoteric meaning of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein…

Ismaili Muslim Community gifts leaf from 9th Century Quran to UBC Museum of Anthropology

MOA’s new Multiversity Galleries make thousands of objects accessible to the public, inviting individual exploration, comparison, and appreciation of objects from cultures all over the world. This spring, the Multiversity Galleries feature a recent donation from the Ismaili Muslim Community of several fine examples of calligraphy. The Ismaili Muslims belong to the Shia branch of…

Photoessay: Amulets in Muslim Traditions

ABSTRACT: An amulet is any object that is imbued with protective powers, and all cultures and faiths have manifestations of such objects. In the world of Islam, they bear Qur’anic inscriptions, and religious narratives. Many Muslims believe that an object that is inscribed with the word of God will protect the person who reads, touches,…

Assessing English Translations of the Qur’an, and Links to Translations on the Internet

Multiple English translations of the Qur’an, Islam’s scripture, line shelves at book stores….Because of the growing Muslim communities in English-speaking countries, as well as greater academic interest in Islam, there has been a blossoming in recent years of English translations….Since fewer than 20 percent of Muslims speak Arabic, this means that most Muslims study the…

Treasure Hunt for a Fatimid Masterpiece @Simerg

One of the greatest masterpieces of Islamic art, the Fatimid Blue Qur’an, becomes the subject of a treasure hunt in a fictional work “The Blue Manuscript” by a renowned Tunisian artist. For a review of this intriguing book, please click “The Blue Manuscript” by Sabiha Al Khemir – An Intriguing Fiction About the Hunt for…

The Birth of Jesus and the Status of Mary in the Qur’an

According to the Holy Qur’an, Jesus (a.s) was born by the Will of God without a father. Like Christians, Muslims believe Mary, or Maryam as she is called in Arabic, was a chaste, virgin woman, who miraculously gave birth to Jesus. The Holy Qur’an says: “She (Mary) said: ‘O my Lord! How shall I have a…

Iqrā’ – ‘Read’ or ‘Remember’? Rethinking the First Revelation of the Qur’ān | Ismā‘īlī Gnosis

According to traditional interpretations, the verse (iqra bi-smi rabbika) commands the Prophet Muhammad to read the verses of the Qur’ān. But there is another way of understanding these verses, based on early Muslim tradition and sources, which yields a different interpretation and in turn reveals the spiritual secrets of the prophetic mission. This post explores…

The Institute of Ismaili Studies Research Associate Presents at a Qur’an Conference at SOAS: Women’s Testimony and the Re-Interpretability of the Qur’an

Dr Karen Bauer, Research Associate in the Qur’anic Studies Unit at the IIS, presented at the Seventh Biennial Conference on The Qur’an: Text, Society & Culture held at SOAS. Dr Bauer’s paper, entitled Women’s Testimony and the Re-Interpretability of the Qur’an, investigated a specific verse of the Qur’an, 2:282. According to Dr Bauer, this verse…

New Volume on Qur’anic Commentary of al-Qushayri: Lata’if al-isharat (Subtleties of the Subtleties)

The IIS is pleased to announce the publication of Sufi Master and Qur’an Scholar: Abu’l-Qasim al-Qushayri and the Lata’if al-isharat by Martin Nguyen. This volume, the eighth in the Qur’anic Studies Series, examines the Qur’anic commentary (tafsir) entitled, Lata’if al-isharat (Subtleties of the Subtleties), written by Abu’l-Qasim al-Qushayri, a scholar from Nishapur (Khorasan) who lived…