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Leyla Ozgur Alhassen
Regents of the University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
Qur’anic Stories: God, Revelation and the Audience

Completing a book analyzing the narrative and rhetoric of the Qur’an to understand the text and its worldview.

Despite excellent comparative work on biblical and qur’anic stories and research on historical aspects of the Qur’an, there are few books that exclusively explore qur’anic narrative technique. Yet, without such an understanding, we are left with an incomplete understanding of how qur’anic stories function as narrative. My book, Qur’anic Stories: God, Revelation and the Audience, remedies this gap by developing a methodology to analyze qur’anic stories, given their dual status as narratives that are religious, and analyzes a few qur’anic stories in order to explore the Qur’an’s use of narrative technique to reinforce theological beliefs. I am applying for a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer fellowship to support the revision of my book. Edinburgh University Press is considering this book for publication in the Edinburgh Studies in Classical Arabic Literature series. I am planning to revise the final manuscript, after it is sent out for peer review.

Project fields:
Arabic Literature; Near and Middle Eastern Literature; Religion, Other

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2020 – 6/30/2020