Department of Theology and Religious Studies

The Qurʾān between Judaism and Christianity – videos

What can the Qurʾān, the Holy Scripture of Islam, teach us about Judaism and Christianity? How does knowledge about Judaism and Christianity help us to understand the Qurʾān better?

A better understanding of the past may in turn help us to reconsider the present in a more nuanced way, and to formulate answers to the challenges faced by the Muslim communities in the Western World and beyond. 

This lecture series, which ran over three sessions between September and December 2016, sought to make academic research in Islamic Studies accessible to the broader public. The speakers integrated literary and historical approaches in order to illustrate the intricate relationship between Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Videos of the lectures are available to view below.


The Qurʾān between Judaism and Christianity

17 September, 16 October and 4 December 2016


A public engagement initiative funded by the British Academy, hosted at University of Nottingham, and co-sponsored by the Karimia Institute.


Lecture 1

Saturday 17 September 2016 – A1 Highfield House, University Park

 How to Study the Qurʾān – ‘Traditional’ and ‘Academic’ Approaches

 Professor Islam Dayeh, Free University of Berlin

 Professor Mehdi Azaiez, Katholieke Universiteit Levuven

 Response by Dr Marianna Klar, School of Oriental and African Studies

 The Qurʾān and the Bible

 Professor Gabriel Said Reynolds, Notre Dame University

 Response by Dr Omar Ali-de-Unzaga, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London


Lecture 2

Sunday 16 October 2016 – A48 Sir Clive Granger Building, University Park

 The Qurʾān’s Arabian Background (l)

 Dr Nora K Schmid, Free University of Berlin

 The Qurʾān and Christianity

 Dr Nicolai Sinai, University of Oxford

 Professor Emran El-Badawi, University of Houston

 Response by Dr Jon Hoover, The University of Nottingham


Lecture 3

Sunday 4 December 2016 – A48 Sir Clive Granger Building, University Park

 The Qurʾān and Judaism (ll)

 Dirk Hartwig, Free University, Berlin

Dr Harith bin Ramli, Cambridge Muslim College

 Law from the Bible to the Qurʾān

 Dr Holger Zellentin, The University of Nottingham

 Professor Lena Salaymeh, University of Tel Aviv

 Response by Dr Shuruq Naguib, University of Lancaster



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