Video of Panelists’ Presentations

“Approaches to Qur’anic Studies in the Western Academy”

NAAIMS 50th Annual Conference

Friday, November 12, 2021


Cosponsored By:

Department of Religious Studies

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR


A Vitual Conference on the Zoom platform

All Sessions held in Eastern Standard Time (UTC-05:00)


10:00 – 10:15 a.m.         Welcoming Remarks by NAAIMS President

Frederick S. Colby, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

                                    (Program Chair)

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.                     Panel 1:

21st Century Engagement with the Qur’an: Sound and Meaning

Discussant: [Elliott Bazzano (Lemoyne College) [unfortunately had to withdraw]

Lauren E. Osborne (Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA): “The Sonic Qur'an in the Age of Global Media”

Yunus Dogan Telliel (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA): “The Untranslatable in the Qur’an and the Secular”

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.                  Panel 2:

Qur’anic Studies in the Euro-American Academy

Discussant: Aisha Musa (Independent Scholar, Tigard, OR)

Joseph E. B. Lumbard (College of Islamic Studies at Hamad Bin Khalifa, Doha, Qatar): “Toshihiko Izutsu’s Semantic Analysis: Impact on Qur'anic Studies in the Euro-American Academy”

Caner K. Dagli (The College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA): “What Counts as Qur’anic Studies and Whose Opinion Matters?” – [unfortunately had to withdraw]

1:00 – 2:45 p.m.                       Lunch Break and Juma’a Prayers

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.           Keynote Speaker:

Seyyed Hossein Nasr

[University Professor of Islamic Studies, George Washington University, Washington, DC]:

“Approaching the Qur’an Authentically”

3:45 – 5:15 p.m.                       Panel 3

Pre-Modern Esoteric Commentaries on the Qur’an

Discussant: Mohammad Faruque (University of Cincinnati, OH)

Mohammed Rustom (College of the Humanities, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada): “A Sufi Theory of Qur’anic Origins”

Syed A. H. Zaidi (Emory University, Atlanta, GA): “The Ikhwān al-Ṣafāʾ as Pre-Modern Qurʾānic Scientists”

5:15 - 6:45 p.m.                       Panel 4

Disruptive Hermeneutics: Questions of Authority

Discussant: Celene Ibrahim (Groton School, Groton, MA)

Maria M. Dakake (George Mason University, Fairfax, VA): “Nusrat Amin: A Woman’s Contribution to the Field of Qur’anic Exegesis”

Ali Hassan Zaidi (Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada): “Interpretive Methods and their Presuppositions: A Comparison of Fazlur Rahman’s and Javed Ghamidi’s Hermeneutics of the Qur’an”

6:45 pm.                                    Concluding Remarks

NAAIMS President and Program Chair