The Linguistic Background to the Qur’ān

Professor Alan Jones
Wednesday, 23 October 2019

This presentation will critically examine the approaches of early Arabic grammarians to the Qur'ān in relation to the language of pre-Islamic poetry and the dialect of the Quraysh. Thence the presentation will move on to a discussion of a range of topics including 'registers', pausal forms, and patterns of assonance to shed new light on the language of the Qur'ān.

Professor Alan Jones is a specialist in pre-Islamic and early Islamic Arabic and in Quranic Studies. He taught Arabic and Islamic Studies at Oxford since 1957, and was a fellow of Pembroke College. He is at present writing a book on the pre-Islamic background of the Qur'an.

(Seminars start at 5.00 p.m.)