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Late Summer Lectures: Qur’ānic Hermeneutical Tradition: Textualist and Contextualist Readings of the Qur’ān: Towards a Middle Way

21st August 2012, 17:30 to 19:00, Alington House, Durham, Aslam El-Soudani (School of Government and International Affairs)

The Late Summer Lectures (LSLS) is a series organised in Durham and Newcastle to foster interest in the Arts and Humanities. For more information on the LSLS, please visit our Facebook Page:

The same lecture will also be presented at the Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle, the following day.

The questions asked regarding how to understand the text (scripture), the context and how to distinguish the universality of it and its particular application needs a systematic methodology that moves away from the premise of seeing the Qur’ān as purely a law book.

There has been a general inclination towards a method that takes verses in isolation leading to an atomistic approach that is arguably inherited from the legal tradition. The legal tradition perhaps has also interpreted verses that may have not been legally intended, encouraging the perception that the Qur’an is a legal book.This paper is one attempt to provide a systematic methodology in understanding the Qur’ān, hoping to bridge between textualist and the contextualist by looking at two interconnected approaches: the semantic and the thematic.

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