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Sent: 29 March 2012 17:15 Dear Colleagues, May I call your attention to the following conference: The Qur’an and Adab Traditions The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, 24 – 26 April 2012 Convenor: Nuha al-Sha'ar (visit: http://iis.ac.uk/view_article.asp?ContentID=113297 for full programme and abstracts) 1st Day: 24 April 2012 8:45 Welcome 9:00 – 10:40 Panel One: The Qur’an and the Concept of Adab Chair: Stefan Sperl, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London Adab Between Belles-lettres and the Qur’an: Redefining and Expanding the Boundaries Nuha al-Sha‘ar, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London The Qur’an and the Pre-modern Arabic System of Adab Sarah Bin Tyeer, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London 11:00 – 12:40 Panel Two: Quoting the Qur’an: Theory and Techniques (al-Tha‘alibi, d. 429/1039) Chair: Wen-Chin Ouyang, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London Between the Qur’an, Prose and Poetry: al-Tha‘alibi on the Registers of Speech Bilal Orfali, American University of Beirut Major Techniques of Quoting the Qur’an: al-Tha‘alibi’s al-Iqtibas min al-Qur’an Maurice Pomerantz, New York University 13:40 - 15:20 Panel Three: The Qur’an in Poetry Chair: James Montgomery, University of Cambridge The Qur’an and the Character of Early Arabic Poetry Ghassan El Masri, Independent Researcher, Beirut Abbasid Poets and the Qur’an Beatrice Gruendler, Yale University 15:40 - 17:20 Panel Four: The Reception of the Qur’an in Qisas al-Anbiya’ and Folk Literature (the Arabian Nights) Chair: (TBC) The Place of the Qur’an in ‘The Sermons and Exhortations’ of Abu ‘Ubayd (d. 224/838) Andrew Rippin, University of Victoria, British Columbia The Reception of the Qur’an in Folk Literature: al-Sira al-sha‘biyya and the Arabian Nights Abdullah Al-Abdulkareem, King Saud University, Riyadh 17:30 Keynote Lecture: The Discovery of Writing: Tracing the Literary Revolution of the Qur’an Angelika Neuwirth, Freie Universität, Berlin 2nd Day: 25 April 2012 9:00 – 10:40 Panel Five: The Qur’an, History and Rhetoric Chair: (TBC) Futuh Historiography as Adab Literature? The Use of Qur’anic materialin the Futuh al-Sham of al-Azdi (d. 175/791) Jens Scheiner, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen The Qur’an in Classical Arabic Oratory (Khataba) Tahera Qutbuddin, University of Chicago, Illinois 11:00-12:40 Panel Six: The Qur’an and the Art of Quoting Chair: Gerard Van Gelder, the University of Oxford Al-Ma‘arri’s al-Fusul wa’l-ghayat and the Qur’an: Issues of Prosody and the use of the Qur’an Devin J. Stewart, Emory University, Georgia Qur’anic Exegesis as Belles-Lettres: The Case of the Epistles of the Pure Brethren (Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safa‘) Omar Ali-de-Unzaga, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London 13.40-16.00 Panel Seven: The Reception of the Qur’an in Mirrors for Princes Chair: Eric Ormsby, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London The Qur’an and Mirrors for Princes: Reading the Work of Tahir b. al-Husayn Eisa Ali Alakoub, University of Aleppo ‘He who has been given wisdom has received abundant good’: The Reception of the Qur’an in Arabic and Persian Mirrors for Princes Louise Marlow, Wellesley College, Massachusetts Speaking through the Qur’an: The hermeneutical interpretations of ‘Ayn al-Qudat Hamadani (d. 525/1099) Daryoush Mohammad Poor, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London 3rd Day: 26 April 2012 9:00-10.40 Panel Eight: The Reception of the Qur’an in Devotional Literature and Islamic Mysticism Chair: Ayman El-Desouky, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London ‘Serving from Afar’ - the Adab of Interpreting the Qur’an in Islamic Mysticism Steffen Stelzer, American University of Cairo al-Kharraz’s Mystical Reading of Prophetic Stories in the Qur’an Nada Saab, Lebanese American University, Beirut 11:00-12:30 General discussion Chair: Nuha al-Sha‘ar ************************************************** Regards Omar Omar Alí-de-Unzaga Academic Coordinator, Quranic Studies The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London firstname.lastname@example.org qs.iis.ac.uk