WASHINGTON (March 27, 2013)-Despite the early morning snow, over 90 people from as far away as South Africa, Cambridge, Md., and Fullerton, Calif., turned out on Monday, March 25, and Tuesday, March 26, for the Howard University School of Divinity’s two-day conference, “Tadabbur Al-Qur’an-Contemplating the Qur’an.”
The event was held in conjunction with George Mason University, Georgetown University, the International Institute of Islamic and Howard University.
Students, professors and religious scholars from across the globe came to the school’s Howard Thurman Chapel to listen, discuss and debate the meaning and significance of the Qur’an.
The keynote speaker was Howard University professor Sulayman Nyang, Ph.D., an expert on Islam, Islamic teachings and a former deputy ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Zainab Alwani, assistant professor of Islamic Studies at the School of Divinity and conference organizer, said Nyang was well received.
“He was very insightful with the history of the Qur’an in an American context,” Alwani said.
The conference included seven panels, led by scholars from Duke University, Harvard University, the University of Florida, Emory University and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.