From Medina to Oxford, from Codex to the Cloud: scenes from the life of the Qur'an

Nicolai Sinai, University of Oxford, Alasdair Watson and Keith Small, Bodleian Libraries
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16:00 - 18:00
The Weston Library
Broad Street
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The Weston Lecture theatre, access through Blackwell Hall, main entrance on Broad Street

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Lectures and seminars
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Disabled access?
Booking required

Traditionally believed to be the revelatory irruption of divine speech into human history, the Qur'an is a literary document whose eventful biography spanning a millennium and a half yet remains to be written.

In a collaborative presentation, three Oxford scholars will present crucial waystations in the life of the Qur'an. Nicolai Sinai will guide the audience through current research seeking to reconstruct the literary genesis of the Qur'anic texts in late antique Arabia; Alasdair Watson will examine how early modern collectors and adventurers first introduced Qur'anic manuscripts to European libraries, including the Bodleian; and Keith Small will show how Qur'anic codices that have been dispersed by the vagaries of early modern manuscript hunting can now be virtually reunited by cutting-edge digital technology.