The Study Quran, edited by a team of scholars led by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, is one of the most significant English-language publications about Islam in recent memory. For the first time, English readers can access the rich stores of interpretive scholarship on the Quran through a curated synthesis of forty classical tafsirs in the legal, spiritual, and theological traditions of both Sunni and Shi’i Islam. In addition, the work features a number of important thematic essays from leading scholars, including Ingrid Mattson (“How to Read the Quran”), William Chittick (“The Quran and Sufism”), and Hamza Yusuf (“Death, Dying, and the Afterlife in the Quran”).
Still, any project of this scale and ambition inspires thoughtful questions. Can Muslims view it as a devotional text if it doesn’t fully represent any single tradition within Islam? Should readers who are not Muslim view the book as an objective source about Islam even if it eschews Western academic approaches to the study of the Quran? As a work produced by Muslim academics for specialists and students, as well as for Muslims and the broader public, does it shift authority away from “traditional” scholars when it comes to understanding the Quran and Islam in the modern world?
Join us for what promises to be a compelling public conversation with Joseph Lumbard, a general editor for The Study Quran, Dean of Faculty Mahan Mirza, and a group of Zaytuna’s faculty. A book signing will follow the conversation.
Joseph E.B. Lumbard
Joseph E.B. Lumbard is currently a professor at The American University of Sharjah in the Department of Arabic and Translation Studies. A translator, commentary author, and general editor for The Study Quran, Dr. Lumbard is also a former Advisor for Interfaith Affairs to King Abdullah II of Jordan and the author, editor, and translator of several articles and books on topics of Islamic philosophy, Sufism, and Quranic Studies. He has a Ph.D. in religious studies from Yale University and has previously taught at the American University in Cairo and Brandeis University.
Mahan Mirza is Dean of Faculty at Zaytuna College. Having studied and taught in Muslim, interfaith, and secular academic settings, Dr. Mirza engages in the study of Islam from multiple perspectives. His doctoral work on Islamic intellectual history, also from Yale University, was on the texts and ideas of al-Biruni. Among Dr. Mirza’s publications are two special issues of The Muslim World and service as assistant editor of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought.
Abdullah bin Hamid Ali
Abdullah bin Hamid Ali specializes in Islamic law, theology, and hadith science as a faculty member at Zaytuna College. He holds a broad educational background, combining a Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Islamic Law at Al-Qarawiyin University in Fez, Morocco and a Master’s degree in Ethics and Social Theory from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, where he is now pursuing his Ph.D as one of the institution's Presidential Scholars.
Ali Ataie is a faculty member at Zaytuna College. He holds a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, with emphasis upon the New Testament. He is certified in Arabic, Hebrew, and Biblical Greek, and is fluent in Farsi. Currently he is working on a Ph.D. in Islamic Biblical Hermeneutics at the GTU, where he is also an adjunct professor of Islamic Studies and lecturer on World Religions.