A Quranically-Based Vision of Multiculturalism & Inter-Religious Relations | Aisha Musa, Ph.D
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 6:00pm to Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 8:00pm
A Quranically-Based Vision of Multiculturalism & Inter-Religious Relations | Aisha Musa, Ph.D

Event Details

Location: 2nd Floor Gallery, Urban Center Building,

506 SW Mill St (between 5th and 6th Avenue), Portland State University

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Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm


Free and open to the public but PLEASE RSVP HERE | Tea and snacks will be available!


About Lecture

Aisha Musa’s work seeks to present a literal and holistic reading of the Quran's discussion of humanity, gender, intercultural, and inter-religious relations. A literal and holistic reading focuses on the literal meanings of the Arabic text read within the context of the Quran as an entire book, applying the time-honored interpretive principles of tafsir al-quran bil-quran (explaining the Quran with the Quran) and al-asl fil-kalam al-haqiqa (the fundamental principle of speech is literalness), in light of current global concerns. Such a reading repudiates extremism and intolerance and demonstrates that the Quran calls for inter-religious and intercultural understanding and cooperation in striving to achieve social justice for humanity.


About  Speaker

Aisha Y. Musa obtained her Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic studies from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. She earned her BA in International Studies with a Middle East focus and a Middle East certificate in 1990, and an MA in General Arts and Letters with specialty in Arabic Language and Applied Linguistics in 1992, both from PSU. Her research and teaching interests include Hadith and Sunna, translation of classical Arabic texts, Qur’anic interpretation, women’s issues, Islamic Law, and modern-day reformist and neo-traditionalist movements. Musa’s publications include Hadith as Scripture: Discussions on the Authority of Prophetic Traditions in Islam (Palgrave, 2008), “Hadith Studies” in The Bloomsbury Companion to Islamic Studies (Continuum, 2013), “The Relationship of al-ma‘qùl and al-manqùl in Mullā Khusraw’s Conceptualization of Sunna” in the Proceedings of International Symposium on Mullā Khusraw (Bursa, Turkey, 2013), “Jizya: Toward a more Qur’anically based Understanding of an Historically Problematic Term,” in Transcendent Thought (November, 2011).