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Johanne Louise Christiansen (PI)

EQaB: Education between the Qur'an and the Bible

Independent Research Fund Denmark


The project EQaB theorises a new approach to the complex relationship linking education, the Qur’an, and the Bible. Despite being a rationale of many religious texts, this relationship has been neglected in both Qur’anic studies and the Study of Religion. Based on a theoretical complex joining historical, system-theoretical, and cultural-evolutionary perspectives, we remedy this situation by exploring the concept of "educational normativity" in the Qur’an itself and in the comparison between the Qur’an and the Bible. Our conceptualisation of religion and education not only provides a much-needed theoretical foundation for discerning historical developments regarding this pairing, but also offers nuance to fundamental issues concerning the relation between the Qur'an and the Bible, the figure of Muhammad as a teacher similar to Moses and Jesus, and the intertwinement of Islam and other religions.

The project is part of the Inge Lehmann Programme funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark and runs from 2022-2024.