The Qur'anic Mary and the Chronology of the Qur'an
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 from 17:30 to 19:00 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
By Professor Guillaume Dye
Mary is a very signiﬁcant character in the Qur’an. A whole Qur’anic chapter (Sura19, “Maryam”) even bears her name. Prof. Dye will first focus on the meaning and sources of the beginning of this particular chapter (19:1-33) in order to show how its content echoes a number of Late Antique Christian traditions related to the celebration of Mary’s role in the Nativity, especially the liturgical practices of the Kathisma Church, which was located half-way between Jerusalem and Bethlehem (and which, incidentally, provided the architectural model for the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem). He will then study the relative chronology of Q 19:1-33, Q 3:33-63, and Q 19:34-40.
The talk will be the opportunity to discuss various hypotheses about the chronology of the Qur’an and the possible setting of the composition of some of its parts.
Professor Guillaume Dye teaches Islamic Studies at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), where is he is a member of the Centre interdisciplinaire d’Étude des Religions et de la Laïcité (Interdisciplinary Centre for Study of Religions and Secularism). His main research area pertains to Qur'anic studies, considered methodologically and thematically, as a part of Biblical studies. He is the co-founder and co-director of The Early Islamic Studies Seminar: International Scholarship on the Qur’ān and Islamic Origins.
He is the author of several articles on Qur'anic studies and he recently published Partage du sacré: transferts, dévotions mixtes, rivalités interconfessionnelles, edited by Isabelle Dépret et Guillaume Dye, Bruxelles-Fernelmont, EME, 2012, and Hérésies: une construction d'identités religieuses, edited by Christian Brouwer, Guillaume Dye et Anja van Rompaey, Bruxelles, Editions de l'Université de Bruxelles ((Problèmes d'Histoire des Religions), 2015.
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Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
AKU-ISMC provides a multifaceted approach to the study of Muslim civilisations - within a framework of world cultures and through the humanities and social sciences - allowing for a wider analytical and comparative perspective. This approach is reflected in a post-graduate master's programme, professional programmes and through quality research and publications. It is reinforced by a unique bibliographical project, the Muslim Civilisations Abstracts.