Feb 9 Quranic studies Job Candidate Visits

Quranic studies Job Candidate Visits

RELS is currently hiring two new faculty members in the area of Islamic Studies and, as part of the interview process, will be hosting lunches for graduate students to get to know the candidates. Information on the candidates, their job talk titles and abstracts, and on the lunches follows below.

You are all very cordially invited to the following job talk, and the receptions afterwards.

You are also very warmly invited to join graduate students from several departments at a lunch with the candidates. There are several slots available at these lunches and it would be great to have students from a diversity of fields attending in order to give the candidates a sense of how our interdepartmental program works.

Thursday, February 9
Moshen Goudarzi Taghanaki, PhD candidate, Harvard University
Graduate Student Lunch, 12:00 - 1:00, Location: 125 Nolte -- Please rsvp to jkilde@umn.edu by Tuesday, Feb 7.
Job Talk, 4:00 PM. Location: 140 Nolte

"The Second Coming of the Book: On the Meaning and End of Muhammad's Movement"

What was Muhammad's conception of his mission? How did he envision God's past dealings with humanity, and how did he relate his prophetic career to this past? This talk attempts to shed new light on these fundamental questions by engaging with the Qur'anic text, our earliest and most reliable source for probing the convictions and aims of Muhammad and his followers. Focusing on the Qur'an's discourse on prophets and scriptures, I will suggest that Muhammad saw his mission as the second major act in the drama of the Abrahamic covenant: previously, Moses had been the only prophet to receive a comprehensive scripture, the Torah, which was meant as a guide for the Children of Israel. It was now Muhammad's charge to bring a similarly comprehensive revelation, the Qur'an, for the benefit of Ishmael's descendants, the Arabs. In addition to arguing for this thesis, I will reflect on some of its far-reaching consequences for the emergence of Islam.
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