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The Department of Qur’anic Studies

The Department of Qurʾanic Studies aims to promote scholarship and research into the Qurʾan as both a historical text and as a continued source of guidance and inspiration for Muslims today. The department delves into the ethical, legal, theological, philosophical, spiritual, mystical, historical, and literary dimensions of the Quran. By immersing itself in the multifaceted layers of this sacred scripture, the department aims to foster a deep and nuanced understanding that enriches the scholarly discourse surrounding the Quran. As part of its research acitivities, the deparment hosts a biannual international research conference, research seminars, book talks by renowned academics and authors, visiting research fellows, and also produces translations of prominent works within the field of Qur’anic studies.

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Head of Department:

Seyed Mohammad Ghari Fatemi, PhD (1999), University of Manchester, is a Professor of comparative human rights and Islamic legal theories. Alongside his advanced traditional education on various subjects (Islamic law, legal theory, Islamic philosophy, theology, Qur’anic studies, and hadith studies), Seyed Fatemi also trained in public law at Tehran University, attaining both an LLB and an LLM. Following this, he was awarded a PhD from the Faculty of Law at the University of Manchester for research engaging with comparative human rights. He has published several books and articles in both Persian and English on a range of topics with a particular interest in the philosophical foundations of human rights, Islamic legal theories, and hermeneutics.

Research Conferences

The Department of Qur’anic Studies hosts a biannual international conference, which serves as a forum for scholars and academics from around the world to share and discuss their latest research findings in the study of the Qur’an. Below are details of the previous conferences held:

Regulative Verses of the Qur’ān (āyāt al-aḥkām)

Held on 27th – 28th April 2023, the inaugural Quranic conference showcased diverse perspectives on the regulative verses of the Quran, highlighting the importance of promoting shared academic spaces for scholars to present and debate research. Despite its considerable role in regulating the lives of Muslims, the regulative verses of the Quran seem to be relatively overlooked by Western scholarship. This conference was aimed at providing a platform for experts in the study of the Quran to come together to explore such verses and their place in Muslim thought, thereby enriching an understudied area in Quranic studies. The conference invited internationally acclaimed scholars to presetn their research across three categories: historical receptions, philosophical debates, and thematic contributions. Read more.

Research Seminars

Research Seminars welcome academics and dedicated researchers specialising in Islamic Philosophy and Theology to present their latest research findings. These seminars serve as a confluence of expertise and innovative perspectives, designed to benefit students, scholars, and individuals who are passionate about staying abreast of the latest advancements within this field. Some of the most recent seminars held include:

Gender Violence and Qur’ān 4:34: An Interpretive Analysis between Tradition and Modernity

Shaykh Mahmoud Ali Gomaa Afifi

Understandings of the Qur’anic term Injil: An exploration

Dr Martin Whittingham

The weight of Zayd Ibn Thabit’s collection of the Quran

Shaykh Mohammed Saeed Bahmanpour

Book Talks

Book Talks feature renowned academics and authors from the field of Islamic philosophy and theology to deliver insightful reviews and discussions of their most prominent works, to enrich the global community of researchers, scholars, and individuals with an interest in this specialist field. Some of the most recent book talks held include:

Women and Gender in the Qur’an

Dr Celene Ibrahim

Key Terms of the Qur’an: A Critical Dictionary

Professor Nicolai Sinai

Animals in the Qur’an

Dr Sarra Tlili

Publications

The Department of Qur’anic Studies has produced the following translations in conjunction with AMI Press:

Visiting Fellows

To encourage the development and dissemination of ideas, AMI invites visiting research fellows for 1-3 months to actively participate in the institute’s research activities such as workshops, seminars, book talks and contribute towards teaching/mentoring of students on the Hawza Programme. The visiting fellows hosted by the department include:

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Professor Gholamreza Aavani

Professor Gholamreza Aavani is an Iranian philosopher and emeritus professor of philosophy at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran. A former head of the Institute for Research in Philosophy, Aavani is a member of the Academy of Sciences of Iran and a steering committee Member of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies. He has also served as the Kenan Rifai Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies at Beijing University, China. During his stay at AMI, he presented his research at the Quranic Studies conference and the Islamic Philosophy and Theology conference, in addition to teaching a module on the ‘Philosophy of Rumi‘ as part of AMI’s Hawza Programme.

Latest News

Below are the latest news and developments related to the Department of Qur’anic Studies.

The Department of Qur’anic Studies hosts its inaugural Quranic Conference on the ‘Regulative Verses of the Qur’ān (āyāt al-aḥkām)’

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Professor Gholamreza Aavani of Shahid Beheshti University joins AMI as a visiting research fellow for three months.

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The Department of Qur’anic Studies announces its call for papers for its inaugural conference to be held on 27th – 28th April 2023.

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