Melbourne Qu’ran Seminars

Monthly seminar on the Qur'an and Qur'anic Studies

National Centre for Contemporary Islamic Studies


Melbourne Qur’an Seminar

(Monthly seminar on the Qur’an and Qur’anic Studies)

Today, not only scholars but lay men and women are opening the Qur’an to discover its message for themselves. The Melbourne Qur’an Seminar is a monthly forum for those interested in exploring various aspects of Qur’an interpretation. The forum aims to provide serious students of the Qur’an with the opportunity to raise interesting questions and to hear the views of others who have undertaken an intense study of the Qur’an.

Those presenting papers are requested to relate the topic of their paper to the general theme chosen for 2014, namely: Issues in Qur’an Interpretation Today.

A paper of no more than 40 minutes will be followed by a prepared response of 10 minutes. Participants will then be invited to join a general discussion on the topic of the paper.

Efforts are being made to enable scholars living overseas to participate through electronic media.

18 March 2014, “Indeed, We have heard a Qur’an Wonderous’ (Q.72:1): Deafness and the Role of Sound in the Qur’an” by Professor Andrew Rippin

15 April 2014, “The Early Development of Qur’an Exegesis” by Professor Ismail Albayrak

24 June 2014, “Qur’anic studies and computer science: a symbiotic relationship?” by Professor Marco Boella

22 July 2014, “Variations on an exegetical theme: reflections on early Malay works of tafsir al-Qur’an” by Peter Riddell

26 August 2014 – “Tradition, Reason, and Qur’anic exegesis: The Hermeneutics of Said Nursi and the Modernist Exegesis” by Hakan Coruh

16 September 2014 – “The Followers of Jesus in the Qur’an” by Herman Roborgh

21 October 2014 – “The Conceptualization of Revelation in the Works of Progressive Muslim Intellectuals” by Ali Akbar

25 November 2014 – “Modern Qur’an scholars and the interpretation of the Qur’an” by Professor Abdullah Saeed, Professor Peter Riddell, Dr Herman Roborgh and Mr Hakan Coruh

25 March 2015 – “Preliminary Remarks on Historiography of Tafsir in Arabic: A History of the Book Approach” by Professor Peter Riddell, Dr Herman Roborgh and Mr Hakan Coruh