Qur’anic Commentary: An Integrative Paradigm (QuCIP)

QuCIP is a research project that will deliver groundwork for the first historical-critical commentary on a sizable portion of the Qur’an in English. It focuses on Surahs 1–3 and aims to illustrate an approach that addresses three core dimensions of the Qur’an: its close yet theologically selective engagement with antecedent (Jewish, Christian, and ancient Arabian) concepts and traditions; the complex compositional structure especially of extended Qur’anic compositions like Surahs 2 and 3; and the intricate processes of literary growth and redactional expansion by which the latter have been shaped.

This research project started in October 2018 and is supported by a Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council. The research team is led by Professor Nicolai Sinai and made up of eight members, three of whom are Associates at Pembroke. 

The first milestone of the project will be an exegetical dictionary of key Qur’anic terms.

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