International Conference: Qurʾānic Manuscript Studies: State of the Field

The Fritz Thyssen Foundation has awarded a EUR 18,000 grant to the CEU Center for Religious Studies and the Institute for Advanced Study at CEU for their upcoming International Conference entitled Qurʾānic Manuscript Studies: State of the Field, planned for spring 2017.

The conference will bring together scholars from a range of related fields to address the new opportunities and challenges presented to Qurʾānic Studies by the recent innovations in information technology that make it possible more precisely to assess manuscripts’ technical characteristics. While present technology now offers better identification of manuscripts and a better understanding of the history of particular documents, it also raises questions about the role of digital philology in future scholarship and, along with technical discussions and contributions to the conference, the broader consequences of material discoveries for the history of the Paleo-Qur’anic text. The early history of Paleo-Islam will be addressed at the conference, contributing to the relatively tardy but cumulative reconstruction of elements enabling what in the nineteenth century was known as Higher Criticism.