Scripts and Scripture: Writing and Religion in Arabia, 500-700 C.E.
A symposium at the University of Chicago
May 18-19, 2017
"Scripts and Scripture: Writing and Religion in Arabia, 500-700 C.E.” will convene at the University of Chicago on May 18-19 (Thursday-Friday), 2017. This symposium will bring together leading scholars who deal with questions of pre-Islamic Arabian writing and religion, whether their specialization is South Arabian studies, pre-Islamic and early Islamic Arabic dialectology and epigraphy, Qur’anic studies, or Arabian archaeology. Its goal is to generate a rich interdisciplinary discussion of the basic issues of writing and religion in the Late Antique Arabian Penninsula that provide the background to the appearance and coalescence of the Qur’an, to help place that enigmatic text into a firmer historical, linguistic, religious, and literary context.
Given the fact that many noted scholars are preparing contributions that will be discussed, however, we expect that many other people with an interest in the substance of the symposium may wish to attend. If you are interested, you are welcome to attend and may, if time permits, participate in the conversations. As space is limited, however, we ask that you please register by clicking below and completing the short form that will appear when you do so.