Thu 5 November 2015 | WHAT's NEW?! | What can early ‘Christian Arabic’ texts tell us about the Quran | Clare Wilde
On Thursday 5 November, Clare Wilde delivered a lecture about Christian Arabic texts and their use for Quran studies in the lecture series "WHAT's NEW?! Current Research on Islam and the Middle East."
Few things attract greater scholarly curiosity than the mystery of a missing text. What did it say? Why has it disappeared? Traditional accounts of the collection and codification of what would become the Uthmanic codex of the Quran describe Uthman’s suppression of alternative codices. These accounts, preserved in Islamic and non-Islamic sources, have led scholars to try to uncover the contents of the non-Uthmanic codices of the Quran. As Christians who wrote in Arabic were intimately familiar with the Quran, might texts written by Christians, in Arabic, preserve memories of otherwise unattested versions of the Quran? This talk has examined the utility of early Christian Arabic texts for scholars of the Quran.
Clare Wilde is a lecturer in Islamic Origins in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Groningen (February 2015 -). Born in NYC, she studied in Princeton (AB in Religious Studies), Rome (Licentiate, PISAI) and Washington, DC (PHD, CUA) and has taught at the University of Auckland (NZ) and Georgetown University (in Washington, DC and Qatar). She was the editorial assistant for the first edition of Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Quran. Recent publications include “We shall not teach the Qur’an to our children”, in Jens Scheiner/Damien Janos (eds.): The Place to Go To. Contexts of Learning in Baghdad from the Eighth to Tenth Centuries. (Princeton: The Darwin Press, 2014): 233-259 and Approaches to the Qur’an in early Christian Arabic texts (Academica Press: 2014).
WHAT's NEW?! is a lecture series organised by LUCIS and the department of Middle Eastern Studies. The lecture series focuses on current research on Islam and the Middle East.