The Esoteric Interpretation of the Qur’an

Venue: The University of Cambridge

Date: 17-20 July 2006


Organized by the University of Cambridge in conjunction with the IIS, this workshop will explore different approaches to the esoteric interpretation of the Qur’aninfo-icon, such as that practised by Sufis, philosophers, proponents of the Shi‘i hikmatinfo-icon tradition, Ismailis and Hurufisinfo-icon, and covering a range of historical periods, from the eighth century to the present day. It will highlight the diversity of Muslim approaches to the Qur’an and deconstruct the common contemporary assumption that it can only be read in one, exoteric way.


Convened by Annabel Keeler

Faculty of Oriental Studies, the University of Cambridge