Section 1: Textual Studies

Chairs: Ömer Özsoy, Isabel Lang, Serdar Kurnaz

The section Textual Studies deals with the foundational texts of Islam and its traditions, i.e. the Qur’an and its exegetical literature and stories and texts which are attributed to the Prophet Muhammad or are about his life (Ḥadīṯ and Sīra literature). Due to the importance for Islamic Theology and the faith of Muslims (in Germany and worldwide), section 1 is dedicated to them. In addition to classical approaches, modern ones will be discussed, too. The constitutional texts of Islam will not only be analyzed in their traditional context, but also with regard to their meaning for today’s Islamic Theology and the practice of the faith of the contemporary Muslim community.

Panel 6 will deal with the Genesis of the Qurʾān; its stories and their historicity will be addressed by panel 4 (“The Historicity of Qurʾanic Stories as a Problem of Literary Studies”). The exegesis of the Qurʾanic text is in the center of panel 1 (“New Approaches to Qurʾanic exegesis”) and panel 5 (“The Current Status of Exegetical Traditions”). Panels 2 and 3 (“The Prophet Muḥammad as an Excellent Pattern (uswa asana)” and “Source Value of the Aḥādīṯ”) will deal with traditions about the Prophet Muḥammad. Furthermore, panel 8 offers space for Qurʾanic Studies, as well as Tafsīr Studies and studies on ḥadīand sīra.