During his training at BRILL Mohamed El-Moursi made this Interview about "Studying the Qurʾān in a Broader Context: Late Antiquity, Gender, Modern Commentaries and Translations"
BRILL celebrates the Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān Online and sat down with the Associate Editors: Suleyman Dost (University of Toronto) and Shuruq Naguib (Lancaster University), to discuss their role in the Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān and the new directions it will take.
Studying the Qurʾān in a Broader Context: Late Antiquity, Gender, Modern Commentaries and Translations
Dr. Suleyman Dost, how did you get interested in the academic study of the Qurʾān? What are the turning points in your intellectual journey in the field?
I wish I could point to a moment of epiphany but the closest I can get to it would be two classes I took during my graduate years at Chicago, one on Arabic epigraphy by Fred Donner and another on the Qur’ān by Angelika Neuwirth. I had the vague idea of doing something that involves material culture in early Islamic history and happily ended up working on the Qur’ān and Arabian epigraphy.
How do you think that the Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān will contribute to the ongoing developments in Quranic studies? And how would you describe your contribution to it?
The Encyclopedia of the Qur’ān is an invaluable resource for anyone working on the Qur’ān. The print edition does a wonderful job of touching on almost every aspect of Qurʾānic Studies with articles written by the foremost scholars. There are certain subsets of the field, however, that have witnessed so many new developments, discoveries and revisions. That is why having an online addendum to the print edition was sorely needed. My own field of interest in particular, i.e. epigraphy, paleography and manuscripts, has enjoyed an incredible boom in the last few years and I am hoping to carry the best scholarship in these areas to the EQO.
Click here for the whole Interview: https://blog.brill.com/humanitiesmatter/dost-naguib_and_new_directions_for_eqo.html
Suleyman Dost (University of Toronto) and Shuruq Naguib (Lancaster University)