The Qur’an is understood as an inimitable and divine scripture that Muslims all over the world hold dear to their faith and practice. This talk will examines the many ways in which the Qur’an is venerated through its decoration and interpretation. As we look to the huge number of Qur’an manuscripts collected by Chester Beatty we discuss, how has a book of 114 chapters allowed diversity and colour to flourish in the world of Islam in the past and present? What role will this text play for our contemporary conundrums? Join us for this sacred journey to the heart of Islam.
Dr. Amanullah De Sondy is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Islam at University College Cork. The author of ‘The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities’ (Bloomsbury 2014) and the forthcoming co-authored ‘Judaism, Christianity and Islam: An Introduction to Monotheism’, also with Bloomsbury. Aman is internationally recognised for his work on Islam and public understanding. He has been broadcasting ‘Thought for the Day’ for BBC radio Scotland for over ten years and was born and raised in Glasgow to Pakistani parents.
A glass of wine will be served after the talk.
Location: Lecture Theatre at Chester Beatty