From Medina to Oxford, from Codex to the Cloud: scenes from the life of the Qur'an

30 May 2017 4.00pm 6.00pm


Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)


Nicolai Sinai, University of Oxford; Alasdair Watson & Keith Small, Bodleian Libraries


Weston Library Information desk 01865 277094


Traditionally believed to be the revelatory irruption of divine speech into human history, the Qur'an is a literary document whose eventful biography spanning a millennium and a half yet remains to be written.

In a collaborative presentation, three Oxford scholars will present crucial waystations in the life of the Qur'an. Nicolai Sinai will guide the audience through current research seeking to reconstruct the literary genesis of the Qur'anic texts in late antique Arabia; Alasdair Watson will examine how early modern collectors and adventurers first introduced Qur'anic manuscripts to European libraries, including the Bodleian; and Keith Small will show how Qur'anic codices that have been dispersed by the vagaries of early modern manuscript hunting can now be virtually reunited by cutting-edge digital technology.

There will be a small display on the history of the Qur'an to accompany the lecture.


This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

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