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Seminar: "God is the light of the heavens and the earth" (Qur'an 24:35): textual, exegetical and interreligious points on the Qur'anic concept of light (Nur) 

  • CMCS 109a Iffley Road Oxford, England, OX4 1EH United Kingdom (map)

Farhana Mayer
D.Phil Candidate, St Stephen's House, Oxford

As indicated in the title, this presentation will have three focal points. Firstly, the Qur’anic concept of nῡr (light) will be examined in different Qur’anic passages, with particular attention on Q.24.35. In the second section, select Muslim commentaries on Q.24.35 will be presented, showing some of the diversity in Muslim interpretations reflective of the different religious viewpoints of the exegetes. Thereafter, Q.24.35-38 will be read, using intra-Qur’anic language-analysis and based on the Qur’anic view of Maryam (Mary) and ꜤĪsa (Jesus), as possible references to Jesus, Mary and Christian monks. The presentation will close with comparative points on how Q.24.35-36 may have been engaging with biblical texts such as Zechariah 4.1-3, 11-14; and John 8.12; 9.5.

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