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International Workshop: Qur’an and Bible

22 22+00:00 March 22+00:00 2021 @ 15:00 - 26 26+00:00 March 26+00:00 2021 @ 17:00 UTC+0

Online conference organized by the University of Notre Dame and by the ERC project “The European Qur’an”

22-26 March 2021
From 15:00 to 17:00 Central European Time (10:00 to 12:00 US Eastern Time)

This workshop will explore the changing ways in which Medieval and Early Modern Jewish, Christian and Muslim readers relate Biblical literature and Quran.How did medieval and early modern readers assess the relationship between the two scriptures? How did they account for narrative parallels as well as the differences they found in them?

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  • 15:00 (times given are Central European Time) Introduction Tom Burman
  • 15:15 John TOLAN
    Bible and Qur’an at the Council of Basel (1431-1449)
  • 15:40 David BERTAINA
    Inmates of Hell: Muʿtazilī Qurʾānic Concepts in Medieval Catholic Thought
  • 16:05 Pierre COURTAIN
    Raymundus Martini’s use of the Qur’an in his De Seta Machometi
  • 16:30-17:00 Discussion


  • 15:00 Octavian-Adrian NEGOIȚĂ
    Bible and Qur’an in the Polemical Discourse of an Athonite Monk: Pachomios Rousanos’ (1508–1553) and His Anti-Islamic Treatise
  • 15:25 Maxime SELLIN
    Reading Qur’an through Biblical glasses, the example of the Qu’ran of Bellus.
  • 15:50 Gabriel Said REYNOLDS
    “Only the Most Perfect of the Perfects Could Possibly Institute the Perfection”: On Paul of Antioch’s Reading of the Qur’an.
  • 16:15 Rita George TVRTKOVIĆ
    Comparing Qur’anic & Biblical Mariologies: The Case of Two Williams
  • 16:40-17:00 Discussion


  • 15:00 Javier DE PRADO
    Putting the Qur’an to the test in the early Propaganda Fide’s apologetics (1610-1632)
  • 15:25 Federico STELLA
    Discovering the Christian Truth in the Qur’ān. The correspondence between Baldassarre Loyola Mandes S.J. and Muḥammad Bulghaith al-Darawī
  • 15:50 Sara FANI
    Testimonia Alcorani de Christo Domino: traces of the Papal inter-religious discourse at the hands of two Oriental clergymen
  • 16:15 Aleida PAUDICE
    Leon Modena’s Precetti di Maomotto nel suo alcorano
  • 16:40-17:00 Discussion


  • 15:00 Kentaro INAGAKI
    Levinus Warner and his reading of Islamic scriptures
  • 15:25 Asaph BEN-TOV & Jan LOOP
    The Qur’an as an exegetical tool in early modern Biblical Studies
  • 15:50 Emmanuelle STEFANIDIS
    Contes ridicules, plaisantes reueries, tres-belles moralitez: The reception of Qur’anic narratives in seventeenth century France
  • 16:15 Naima AFIF
    Jesus and the Bible in an 18th-century Translation of the Qur’an into Hebrew
  • 16:40-17:00 Discussion


  • 15:00 Vevian ZAKI
    Translating the King James Bible into Arabic: the Sabat/Martyn Translation (1816 CE)
  • 15:20 Michael PREGILL
    Mapping the Islamicate Midrashim: Uncovering the Earliest Phase of Jewish Engagement with the Qur’an
  • 15:40 Thomas HOFFMANN
    The Haphazard Alkoran and the Muhammadan Phoenix – on Grundtvig’s reception of Islam
  • 16:00 Gulnaz SIBGATULLINA
    Ecology of a vernacular Qurʾān: The case of Mūsā Bīgī’s Translation into Turki-Tatar
  • 16:20 Discussion
  • 16:40 Conclusion Jan LOOP



22 22+00:00 March 22+00:00 2021 @ 15:00 UTC+0
26 26+00:00 March 26+00:00 2021 @ 17:00 UTC+0
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