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Lecture: The Study Quran
The College of Arts and Sciences presents a lecture by Dr. Joseph Lumbard through the Dean's Lecture Series.
Based on over 40 exegetical sources, The Study Quran is the first full-length running commentaryon the Quran in the history of Western academia. It showcases over 1,200 years ofinsights on the Quran from multiple disciplines, among them linguistics, jurisprudence, philosophyand theology. The presentation will outline the project and highlight the manner in which multipledisciplines were employed to compose the commentary. It will begin with a discussion of translationstudies and the principles employed for developing a Quran translation that achieves a balanceamong eloquence, precision, and consistency. The presentation will then demonstrate the principlesbehind the composition of the commentary, detailing the manner in which the polysemicnature of the text gives rise to multiple different readings of the Quran. After presenting otherfeatures of The Study Quran, such as the topographical maps, the presentation will transition intoa discussion of the potential significance of this project for the fields of Islamic Studies, QuranicStudies, Middle Eastern Studies and cognate disciplines.
Dr. Joseph Lumbard is Assistant Professor in the Department of Arabic and Translation Studiesat AUS. He received his PhD in Islamic Studies from Yale University, USA. His research focusesupon Islamic intellectual traditions with a focus on Quranic studies, Tafsir, Sufism and Islamicphilosophy. He is an author and general editor for The Study Quran (HarperOne, 2015) and a generaleditor for The Integrated Encyclopedia of the Quran. His books include Aḥmad al-Ghazālī:Remembrance and the Metaphysics of Love, Submission (SUNY Press, 2016) and Faith & Beauty,The Religion of Islam (2009).
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