Qur’anic Studies

Illuminated opening double page containing the names of the suras, from a Qur’an manuscript commissioned by Mirza Aqa Khan, Qajar Iran, 1270/1853-4; © Aga Khan Trust for Culture; Photograph by Alan Tabor

Pendón de Las Navas de Tolosa, 13th–14th c., 3.3 × 2.2 m. Monastery of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas, Burgos, Spain. © Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid, Spain.

Qur’anic Studies is part of the Institute’s Department of Academic Research and Publications. The IIS embarked on Qur’anic studies in 2000 with a view to promoting scholarship on the plurality of traditions inspired by the Qur’aninfo-icon and developed throughout Muslim history, up to the present time.

By conducting research into and teaching about these interpretive traditions, the Institute aims to advance knowledge about the entire spectrum of traditional sources and a general understanding of the plurality of interpretations that have been produced by Muslims throughout history as well as of the various contexts, and types of methodology that have shaped those interpretations.

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