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Institut dominicain d’Etudes orientales

Conference / The Cairo Edition of the Qurʾān, 1924

Organized by the Dominican Insitute for Oriental Studies (IDEO, Cairo)

Presentation

This conference offers an historical reflection on the Cairo edition of the Qurʾān made under the authority of al-Azhar committee in 1924 and also known as the “King Fuʾād’s edition”. This edition, which will celebrate its hundred’s anniversary in three years’ time, was preceded by several other editions, in Egypt and other places. It is of utmost importance in modern and contemporary Islamic societies, and in Qurʾānic studies since the second half of the twentieth century, especially in manuscript studies. The Cairo edition provides both Muslims and scholars of Islam with a version of the Qurʾānic text that will gradually become the most popular religious, liturgical, and academic reference in the Islamic world. Despite the proliferation of scholarly editions of old Qurʾānic manuscripts over the last twenty years, the popularity of the Cairo edition of the Qurʾān has never been challenged. On the contrary, many studies on the Qurʾān use the Cairo edition as an academic reference and as a point of comparison to underline the particularities of old manuscripts.

More than a religious phenomenon for Muslims alone, the Cairo edition is rooted in the particular political and civilisational context of the early 20ᵗʰ century. Thus, the advent of the Cairo edition bears a significance that goes beyond the sphere of belief and takes an important place in the history of Islamic civilisation, including: the history of institutions, material history, history of religious thought and history of Islamic studies

The conference will hold a reflexion on the following topics :

1) Printing in the Muslim world at the turn of the 20ᵗʰ century 2) The history of institutions 3) The history of Qurʾānic studies 4) The production of muṣḥafs 5) Devotional practices

More info on IDEO’s website

Organisé par l’Institut dominicain d’études orientales (IDEO, Le Caire), les 16 et 17 octobre 2021.

Présentation

Le colloque propose une réflexion historique sur l’édition du Coran du Caire établie sous l’autorité du comité d’al-Azhar en 1924 et connue aussi sous l’appellation « édition du roi Fuʾād ». Cette édition, qui fêtera ses cent ans dans trois ans, a été précédée par plusieurs autres, en Égypte et ailleurs. Elle est d’une importance capitale dans la société musulmane moderne et contemporaine et dans les études coraniques depuis la deuxième moitié du XXᵉ siècle et notamment les études sur les manuscrits. L’édition du Caire met à disposition des musulmans ainsi que des chercheurs sur l’islam une version du texte coranique qui deviendra progressivement la référence religieuse, liturgique, académique la plus populaire dans le monde islamique. Malgré la prolifération des éditions académiques d’anciens manuscrits du Coran durant les vingt dernières années, la popularité du Coran du Caire n’a jamais été remise en cause. Au contraire, de nombreuses études sur le Coran utilisent le Coran du Caire comme référence académique et comme point de comparaison permettant de souligner les particularités des anciens manuscrits.

Plus qu’un événement religieux s’adressant aux musulmans, le Coran du Caire est ancré dans le contexte politique et civilisationnel particulier du début du XXᵉ siècle. Ainsi, l’avènement du Coran du Caire a une portée qui dépasse la sphère de la croyance et qui prend sa place dans l’histoire de la civilisation islamique : histoire des institutions, histoire matérielle, histoire de la pensée religieuse et des études islamiques

Le colloque présentera une réflexion sur les thématiques suivantes :

1) L’imprimerie dans le monde musulman au tournant du XXᵉ siècle
2) L’histoire des institutions
3) L’histoire des études coraniques
4) La production des muṣḥaf-s
5) Les pratiques dévotionnelles

Plus d’infos sur le site de l’IDEO

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