The aftermath of 9/11 has generated a plethora of debates addressing the Qur’an and the question of violence. Whether the Qur’anic text favors or limits (different shades of) violence (and if so, how), has been a concern in sociopolitical policy papers and for think tanks, academic inquiries as well as for ulama – all of them focusing on the nexus of the Qur’an and violence in one way or another. In responding to the immediacy of 9/11 and its discursive presuppositions, interpretative efforts by Muslims seem to uncritically accept the larger protocols of power. The public lecture will reflect on the task of critically engaging with one owns tradition while being exposed to the hegemonic desire to search and find “good” and “moderate” Muslims. What, then, does it mean to develop a critical reading of the complexities of “Qur’an and Violence” in these times?
Dec 07, 2016 | 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Freie Universität Berlin
Fabeckstr. 23 – 25