Bridging Atlantic divide in studies of Quran

Emran El-Badawi

Emran El-Badawi. Credit: J. Patric Schneider, freelance, Houston Chronicle

As a University of Chicago doctoral candidate, Emran El-Badawi noticed a great divide between quranic scholarship produced in the United States and Europe and research created in the Islamic world. Western scholars often weren’t fluent in Arabic, Farsi and Urdu, and the same was true for counterparts in the Islamic world with German, French and English.

“The main problem with quranic studies today is that scholars don’t necessarily talk to one another,” said El-Badawi, the director of the University of Houston’s Arabic program.

Read more in the Houston Chronicle.

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