How to Read the Qur’an


November 1, 2012 - 5:00pm


E105 Adler Journalism Building

Contact Name: 

Philip Lutgendorf

Contact Phone: 

319 335-2157

Professor Carl W. Ernst will discuss strategies for making sense of the Qur’an’s complex text.

For many Americans, the Qur’an is difficult to read, its organization obscure, its messages cryptic or even threatening. This presentation is based on a new book of the same title. Chronological readings of the original sequence of its delivery, exploration of its links to earlier writings, and clarification of the central points of its symmetrical compositions all provide interested readers with new tools for comprehending an undeniably important religious document.

Ernst is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina (UNS) at Chapel Hill. He was a recent Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of awards from scholarly foundations in Turkey, Egypt, and Iran. He is the author of nine books, including Following Muhammad (2003) and Guide to Sufism (1997).