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Quran, Epic and Apocalypse

A lecture by Todd Lawson, Professor Emeritus of Islamic Thought at the University of Toronto

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

AM (Admissions Center) 189

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Todd Lawson

About the lecture:
How do people understand the Quran to be divine revelation? What is it about the text that inspires such devotion and commitment in the reader/believer? Todd Lawson will explore how the timeless literary genres of epic and apocalypse bear religious meaning in the Quran, communicating the sense of divine presence, urgency and truth. Grounding his approach in the universal power of story and myth, he will embark upon a fascinating inquiry into the unique power of one of the most loved, widely read and recited books in the world.

About the speaker:
Todd Lawson ( is Emeritus Professor of Islamic Thought at the University of Toronto. A prolific scholar, engaging speaker, and highly-regarded expert on the Quran, Shii Islam, Ibn Arabi, the Babi movement and related topics, he is the author of The Quran, Epic and Apocalypse, a groundbreaking, new book on literary aspects of the Quran (, and Tafsir as Mystical Experience: Intimacy and Ecstasy in Quran Commentary (, among other publications.

Sponsored by: 

The Departments of Classical & Near Eastern Studies (CNES), Judaic Studies, Asian and Asian American Studies, Africana Studies, Comparative Literature, and History; the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Studies Program; the Translation, Research and Instruction Program (TRIP); the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS); the Religious Studies Program; with special thanks to the Dept. of Judaic Studies' Bernard Lasky Lecture Fund and the Harpur College Visiting Speaker Fund.


Last Updated: 9/21/18