Primary tabs

The Qur’an in English Verse

10th November 2015
The Institute of Ismaili Studies
210 Euston Road
Nw1 2DA
United Kingdom

Event Registration

The email to associate with this registration.
The number of spaces you wish to reserve.

Qur’anic Studies

Occasional Lecture Series


The Qur’aninfo-icon in English Verse


Prof. Bruce Lawrence (Duke University)


Prof. Rafey Habib (Rutgers University)


The Qur'an is often viewed as being resolutely Arabic, whereby any translation can only deliver its meaning, not its tone and timbre in Arabic. To broaden an understanding of the Qur’an, many scholars are researching and producing English translations that will invoke a sense of curiosity for further exploration in the beauty and sublimity of the original — a poetic translation with a distinctive yet subtle voice.


To this end we will review three Qur’anic suras that embody our approach: Sūrat al-Fātia (Q. 1), Sūrat Yā Sīn (Q. 36) and Sūrat al-Ramān (Q. 55).

Date:            Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Time:            17:00 

Venue:         The Institute of Ismaili Studies (Room 2.1 – 2nd Floor) 

                    210 Euston Road, London NW1 2DA

Contact:      Miss Naushin Shariff (


Update: If you have registered for the webcast, please email Miss Naushin Shariff 


Prof. Bruce Lawrence

Bruce B. Lawrence is professor of Islamic Studies Emeritus at Duke University and adjunct Professor at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakf University, Istanbul.  His research interests include: Contemporary Islam as Religious Ideology; Islamicate Cosmopolitanism; the Multiple Roles and Uses of the Qur’aninfo-icon. Among his recent books are: Who is Allah? (UNC/EUP Press, 2015), The Qur’an – a Biography (Grove/Atlantic, 2006);  and Sufi Martyrs to Love (with Carl Ernst; Palgrave, 2002). Soon to be published are two other monographs, The Koran in English (Princeton University Press) and Islamicate Cosmopolitan (Wiley-Blackwell).  He is also coediting, with Vincent J. Cornell. The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Islamic Spirituality.

Prof. Rafey Habib

Rafey Habib was born in India, grew up in England and now lives in America. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford, and is currently Professor of English at Rutgers University. He is the author of seven books, including A History Of Literary Criticism: From Plato To The Present (2005) and An Anthology of Modern Urdu Poetry in English Translation. He edited the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism, Vol VI (2013). He has also produced a volume of poetry called Shades of Islam (2010), which presents this religion in all the shades of its true pathos and beauty.