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Symposium - Islamic Studies in Scotland and Representations of Muhammad, 23 - 24 October 2015, University of Edinburgh, UK

University of Edinburgh


Event Date:

October 23, 2015 - October 24, 2015


Opportunity Cover Image - Symposium - Islamic Studies in Scotland and Representations of Muhammad, 23 - 24 October 2015, University of Edinburgh, UK

In October IMES, in conjunction with the Alwaleed Centre, will be marking the 50th anniversary of W. Montgomery Watt’s inaugural address as the first Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies in Scotland with an evening and day of events.

This promises to be a most memorable occasion and will provide an opportunity not only to assess the state of the field since Professor Watt’s pioneering work but will also emphasise the continuing strength of Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Both events will be held in the Playfair Library at the University of Edinburgh and are open to the public.

The programme:

Friday, 23 October, 6-8pm

On Friday evening, we will feature two celebrated scholars of early Islam.

Professor Carole Hillenbrand of the University of Edinburgh will begin proceedings with a presentation on ‘Montgomery Watt, the man and the scholar’.

Professor Fred Donner of the University of Chicago will follow with a lecture on ‘The Study of Islam's Origins since W. Montgomery Watt's Publications'.

To conclude the evening's programme, Dr Richard Holloway, former Bishop of Edinburgh, will offer a short talk on Professor Watt's religious life.

Saturday, 24 October, 9.30-5.30pm

The following day, Saturday, 24 October, we will be holding an academic colloquium titled, ‘Representations of Muhammad’. This will bring together scholars from both Edinburgh and abroad

Chair: Dr Andrew Marsham, University of Edinburgh

9.30-10.15am

Professor Wilferd Madelung, Institute of Ismaili Studies

Muhammad, Khadija and ‘Umar

Coffee: 10:15-10:45am

10.45-11.30am

Dr Nicolai Sinai, University of Oxford

Muhammad and the Prophetology of the Medinan Qur'an

11.30am-12.15pm

Dr Andreas Goerke, University of Edinburgh

Muhammad and Zaynab bint Jahsh: Between History and Exegesis

Lunch (12:15pm-1:30pm)

1.30-2.15pm

Dr Christiane Gruber, University of Michigan

Muhammad among the Great Men of the World: Enlightenment, Nationhood, and Early 20th-Century Iranian Carpets

2:15-3:00pm

Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz, University of Edinburgh

Representing Muhammad on Screen

Coffee (3:00-3:30pm)

3.30-4:15pm

Dr John Tolan, University of Nantes

The Ecumenical Turn: Massignon, Watt, and 20th-century European Scholarship on Muhammad

Roundtable with all Participants: 4:15-5:15pm

Photography & filming

This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University or University approved third parties.

For any further information contact the organiser

  • Watt.Anniversary@ed.ac.uk


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September 04, 2015




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