Twelver Imami Shiite Views on the Variant Readings of the Quran: Legal and Theological Implications


Thursday, November 30, 2017, 4:00pm to 6:00pm


CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Harvard Law and Religion Lecture Series presents

Shady NasserShady Nasser
Assistant Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

Professor Nasser teaches Arabic literature as well as Islamic Civilizations courses. He previous posting was as a University Lecturer in Classical Arabic studies at the University of Cambridge (UK), in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Shady started his PhD at Harvard University in Arabic and Islamic studies under the supervision of Wolfhart Heinrichs. He completed his PhD in 2011. From 2009-2012 he was a senior lector of Arabic and the coordinator of the Arabic language program at Yale University. In 2013, he was appointed University Lecturer in Classical Arabic studies at the University of Cambridge (UK). Nasser's research interest is Qur’anic studies in general with particular focus on the history of the transmission of the text, its language, and its reception among the early Muslim community. Pre-Islamic and early Islamic poetry, Akhbār Literature, and Ḥadith transmission, are also among Nasser’s research interests. His publications include: The Transmission of the Variant Readings of the Qur’ān: The problem of tawātur and the emergence of shawādhdh, (Leiden: Brill, 2012); ‘(Q. 12:2) We have sent it down as an Arabic Qurʾān: Praying behind the Lisper,’ Islamic Law and Society, 23 (2016), pp. 23-51; ‘The Grammatical Blunders of Qurʾān Reciters: Zallat al-qāriʾ by Abū Ḥafṣ al-Nasafī (d. 537/1142),’ Journal of Abbasid Studies 2 (2015): 1-37; 'Revisiting Ibn Mujāhid’s Position on the Seven Canonical Readings: Ibn ʿĀmir’s Problematic Reading of kun fa-yakūna”,’ Journal of Qur’anic Studies 17.1 (2015): 85–113; 'The Two-Rāwī Canon before and after ad-Dānī (d. 444/1052–3): The Role of Abū ṭ-Ṭayyib Ibn Ghalbūn (d. 389/998) and the Qayrawān/Andalus School in Creating the Two-Rāwī Canon,’ Oriens 41 (2013): 41–75; and ‘al-Muhalhil in the historical akhbār and folkloric sīrah,’ Journal of Arabic Literature 40 (2009): 241-272.

Co-sponsors: The Committee on Study of Religion, The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Islamic Legal Studies Program (Law & Social Change), Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish & Israeli Law
Contact: Liz Flanagan