Aims of the programme

  • Facilitate a nuanced awareness of the Qur’an as a historical phenomenon, as a concept and as a text.
  • Explore the complexities of interpretation and the reasons behind the existence of a plurality of interpretations (including Ismaili interpretations) by examining selected Qur’anic verses.
  • Introduce participants to the role of the Imam in Shi‘i contexts vis-à-vis the Qur’an.
  • Develop an appreciation for the non-textual and non-theological expressions inspired by the Qur’an (such as in art, literature, and so on).