“Epigraphy, the Qur’an, and the Religious Landscape of Arabia”
About The Event
Date: September 8-10, 2022
Venue: Tuebingen University, Germany
The three-day international conference will bring together specialists in epigraphy as well as scholars of the Qurʾān with the aim of exploring how recent epigraphic and archaeological findings and research have been changing our understanding of the Qurʾān and the Arabian religious, cultural, and political landscape.
A wide range of archaeological finds is rapidly expanding our knowledge of the pre-Islamic cultural milieu and the political structures of the Arabian Peninsula during Late Antiquity, and thereby of the Qur’ān’s cultural context. This material can offer a complementary reading to the literary accounts on pre-Islamic Arabia, which were mostly composed outside Arabia, or long after the late antique period. Accordingly, the conference seeks to integrate new archaeological finds with ongoing studies on the genesis of the Qur’ān, its Arabian background, and the broader cultural milieu of pre-Islamic Arabia with a special focus on “late” Late Antiquity at the dawn of Islam.
1. Naming God in pre-Islamic Arabia
2. Cultic continuity
3. Ethnicity and literacy
4. Religious Identities and Religious Landscape
The research presentations will be open to the public upon timely pre-registration and streamed online.
More information on: Tuebingen University
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