International Colloquium

The Qur’ān between Late Antiquity and Middle Ages:


Form, Structure, Comparative Studies


Siena, May 20-22, 2015



Jointly organized by the University for Foreigners of Siena and Roma Tre University




Wednesday, May 20


  • Institutional Greetings 

​14.00 - 14.30

Monica Barni, Rector of the University for Foreigners of Siena

Akeel Almarai, University for Foreigners of Siena

Giuliano Lancioni, Roma Tre University


  • Session I: Ethics, Politics, Philosophy and the Qur'ān

14.30 - 16.00

Saoud al-Mawla (Saint Joseph University, Beyrut), Towards a New Theology of Violence and Dialogue. 

A study of the Sacred Text

Marco Lauri (University of Macerata), Some Remarks on the Epistemic Status of the Qur'ān in Islamic Political



16.00 – 16.30 Coffee Break


16.30 – 18.00

Ida Zilio Grandi (Ca' Foscari University of Venice), What God Loves: the Qur'ān and Islamic ethics

Francesca Romana Romani (Roma Tre University), Medical Ethics and the Qur'ān



Thursday, May 21


  • Session II: The Qur'ān, Form, Rhetoric and Intertextuality

9.00 – 10.30

Akeel Almarai, (University for Foreigners of Siena), Versification and Verse-Ending in the Qur'ān and in Arabic

Poetry: Applied and Comparative Issues

Hämeen-Anttila, Jaakko (University of Helsinki), The Surah of Joseph as Narrative Art


10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break


11.00 – 12.30

Ilkka Lindstedt (University of Helsinki), Qurʾānic Quotations in the First–Second Century AH Arabic Graffiti

Simona Olivieri (Sapienza University of Rome), Qur'ānic Materials in Early Arabic Grammar


12.30 – 14.00 Lunch


  • Session III: The Qur'ān, Inner and Outer Structure

14.00 – 16.00

Massimo Campanini (University of Trento), Coherence in the Qur'ān: A Structuralist Analysis of Sura al-Baqara 

Giuliano Lancioni (Roma Tre University) and Raoul Villano (Roma Tre University), The Self-Similar Qur'ān


16.00 – 16.30 Coffee Break


16.30 – 18.00

Raymond Farrin (American University of Kuwait), The Linkage of Center and Extremes: An Example of Continuity

in Meccan and Medinan Suras

Rick Oakes (University of Edinburgh), The Final Concentrism or Mirror Construction of Sūrat al-Nisā’


20.30 Social Dinner



Friday, May 22


  • Session IV: Comparatives Studies: Texts and Readers between Late-Antiquity and Middle Age

9.00 – 10.30

Igor Dorfmann-Lazarev (SOAS, University of London), The Transmission of the Monotheistic Knowledge

Sara Schultess (University of Lausanne), Introduction to the Arabic Versions of the New Testament: Challenges

and Prospects


10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break


11.00 – 12.30

The Arabic Diatessaron Project, Giuliano Lancioni, Raoul Villano (Roma Tre University), Marta Campanelli, Ilaria

Cicola, Simona Olivieri, Ivana Pepe, Valeria Pettinari (Sapienza University of Rome)

Roundtable: Word of God,  Voice of Man: Problems and Solutions in the Translation of the Qur'ān to Other


Plenary Session: Towards the Creation of an International Research Group Working on the Form and Structure o

the Qur'ān

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