October 2011 – September 2012
Dr. Masri studied Philosophy at the American University of Beirut and holds a PhD in Arabic Studies from Freie Universität Berlin. In his project, instead of treating the Qur’an as a holy text sui generis, Dr. Masri analyzes it as a literary work, using modern philological methods. His aim is to place the Qu’ran in its context, and particularly to set it in relation to the Arabic poetry and literature of its time. With this approach, Dr. Masri intends to open up the literary meanings of the Qur'an both to Muslim and non-Muslim readers alike.