From April 19 to April 21, 2009, the University of Notre Dame will host “The Quran in Its Historical Context,” a major international conference addressing the most recent theories, controversies, and discoveries in the field of Quranic Studies. Like the first Notre Dame Quran conference (2005), “The Quran in Its Historical Context" will be a unique forum for a discussion of the historical circumstances in which the Quran was formed, and of its relationship to earlier literature, notably the Bible.
Rabbi Firestone is Professor of Medieval Jewish and Islamic Studies, HUC-JIR/Los Angeles and is a senior fellow of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California. He is co-director of the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement, a joint project of HUC-JIR, USC, and the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Foundation (www.usc.edu/cmje). Professor Firestone has written seven books and over seventy scholarly articles on early Islam and its relationship with Jews and Judaism, scriptural interpretation of the Bible and Qur'an, and the phenomenon of holy war. http://www.huc.edu/faculty/faculty/firestone.shtml