Professor Stefan Wild
Professor Emeritus, University of Bonn
SELF-REFERENTIALITY IN THE QUR’AN
Modern hermeneutical theory is unthinkable without self-referentiality. An in-depth-reading of the Qur’anic text shows that many important passages in it are self-referential. Numerous verses deal with the form and the contents of Qur’anic revelation itself and, therefore, in a way foreshadow modernity. While the fact itself is well known, self-referentiality as a major feature of the Qur’anic text has been recognized as such only recently and has not yet been systematically investigated. In this respect, the Qur’an is in striking contrast to the two other monotheist scriptures which only rarely admit self-referentiality. The lecture will highlight some areas of Qur’anic self-referentiality and will try to establish a link between Qur’anic self-referentiality and the canonization of the Qur’anic text.
Professor Stefan Wild was from 1968 to 1973 director of the German Oriental Institute in Beirut/Lebanon, from 1974-1977 Professor at the University of Amsterdam, from 1977-2002 Professor for Semitic Languages and Islamic Studies at the University of Bonn and is now Professor Emeritus at Bonn University. He has written a study of Lebanese Place-Names, has worked on Classical Arabic lexicography and Classical and Modern Arabic Literature, including Palestinian literature, and has edited two volumes on the Qur'anic text. He is co-editor of Die Welt des Islams. International Journal for the Study of Modern Islam (Leiden).
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