2008-09 Conference

The Event

July 30 – 31, 2009
Stanford Humanities Center, Board Room
[Sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Stanford Humanities Center]


Asma Helali (Centre national de la recherche scientifique)

Behnam Sadeghi (Stanford University)

Christian Julien Robin (Centre national de la Recherche scientifique)

François Déroche (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Études)

Lawrence Nees (University of Delaware)

Sheila Blair (Boston College & Virginia Commonwealth University)

Michael Marx

Yasin Dutton (University of Cape Town)

Neal Robinson (Sogang University)

Devin Stewart (Emory University)

Angelika Neuwirth (Freie Universität Berlin & Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften)


Conference Program:

Thursday: July 30, 2009

Editing and Textual Criticism of Early Manuscripts

10:30 – Asma Helali (Centre national de la recherche scientifique), “The San ‘ā’ palimpsest : Introductory remarks to philological and literay aspects”

11:30 – Behnam Sadeghi (Stanford University), “A Non-‘Uthmānic Qur’ānic Manuscript from Early Seventh (First) Century and Its Relation to the Recensions of ‘Uthmān and the Prophet”

Epigraphy, Paleography, and Art History

1:30 – Christian Julien Robin (Centre national de la Recherche scientifique), “Epigraphic Texts from Arabia and the Qur’ān: Some Indirect Lights”

2:30 – François Déroche (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Études), “Transcribing the Qur’ān in Umayyad Times: A Preliminary Investigation”

3:45 – Lawrence Nees (University of Delaware), “Decoration in early Qur’ān Manuscripts: Possible non-Muslim Manuscript Analogues and The Problem of Dating”

4:45 – Sheila Blair (Boston College & Virginia Commonwealth University), “Mosaics and Manuscripts”


Friday: July 31, 2009

Early Muslim Reports (Qirā’āt) and Manuscripts

10:30 – Michael Marx, “Gotthelf Bergsträßer and His Vision of a Corpus Coranicum for the Study of a Textual History of the Qur’ān”

11:30 – Yasin Dutton (University of Cape Town), “Orality, Literacy and the “Seven Aḥruf” Ḥadīth”

Textual Studies

1:30 – Neal Robinson (Sogang University), “The Dynamics of the Qur’ānic Discourse: Tradition and Redaction”

2:30 – Devin Stewart (Emory University), “Conjectural Emendation and Anomalies in the Qur’ānic Text”

3:45 – Angelika Neuwirth (Freie Universität Berlin & Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften), “The Qur’ān as a Late Antique Text: The Emergence of a New Religion in the Mirror of the Qur’ānic textual shape”

4:45 – Behnam Sadeghi (Stanford University), “Stylistic Evidence for the Relative Chronology of Qur’ānic Passages: Most Frequent Morphemes, Infrequent Words, and Verse Length”