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Inaugural talk: The Road to the Quran Keyword Database by Elie Wardini


Date: Thursday 25 March 2021

Time: 17.00 – 19.00

Location: Zoom

The Institute for Advanced Study, in partnership with Gorgias Press, is launching a new lecture program.

The series of free access quarterly talks, led by Gorgias Press authors, will showcase the latest research across history, linguistics, and religious studies.

The Inaugural talk, The Road to the Quran Keyword Database, is held by Elie Wardini, Professor of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at The Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies at Stockholm University.

Abstract: My work on the lexicon of the Quran stems from my interest in contact between Aramaic and Arabic. A question to ask is: ‘What has the Quran contributed to the lexicon of Arabic? And what are its sources?’ Using the digital Uthmani text of the Quran, I set up a relational database, using FileMaker Pro, in order to conduct a comprehensive analysis of keywords in context of the lexicon of the Quran contrasted to the lexicon of Ibn Hisham’s Sira. The data from the Quran nevertheless offered much more information than anticipated, and in more fields than were intended. In the talk, I will present some aspects of my approach and methods.

Hosted by: Sabine Schmidtke (School of Historical Studies, IAS) and George A. Kiraz (School of Historical Studies, IAS and Editor-in-Chief, Gorgias Press).

Time: Mar 25, 2021 17:00 in Central European Time (CET)

Time: Mar 25, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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