Lecture Title: Academic Study of the Qur’ān in the West: Issues and Prospects
Speaker: Suleyman Dost
Suleyman Dost is a PhD candidate at the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations department of the University of Chicago. He holds an MA degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School. In his PhD dissertation he discusses the historical context of the Qur’ān’s origins and the background of Qur’ān’s thematic and lexical content within pre-Islamic Arabian epigraphy. To this end, he conducted research on Old South Arabian, Ancient North Arabian, Nabataean, Sinaitic, Syriac and Aramaic inscriptions from the Arabian Peninsula and neighboring areas. He also worked on the process of the Qur’ān’s canonical development and reception during the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphates through the works of classical ʿUlūm al-Qur’ān. His research interests include early Islamic history and historiography, Arabic paleography, Syriac Christianity, Classical and Late Antique Greek texts and Biblical studies.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 18th
Time: 6pm Reception; 6:30pm Talk
Where: Conference Hall, Main bldg, American Islamic College