Contemporary Quranic Studies dedicated to holistic engagement with the Quran through scholarly and spiritual reflections upon the text. Quran for All Seasons draws upon the depth and breadth of the Islamic tradition to facilitate discussions of the Quran that transcend creedal and ideological divisions.
Hosted by Joseph Lumbard of the College of Islamic Studies at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, the podcast provides an ongoing commentary on the Quran, what some might call a contemplation, or tadabbur, of the Quran. The first two seasons provide reflections upon the most frequently read and recited sūrahs of the Quran, such as the Fātiḥa, and the short ṣūrahs at the end of the Quran.
Future seasons will delve into central Quranic Teachings and major Quranic Themes, with the occasional deep dive into the implications of a particular Quranic verse or even a particular word and podcasts that discuss issues central to the field of Quranic Studies. These will be complemented by episodes that examine the "Jewels of the Quran," those sūrahs and verses that are central Muslim devotional life and the understanding of the Quran.
The podcast is made possible by a generous grant from the Radius Foundation.
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Sūrat al-Kahf, 22-31: Episode 2.5
655:44:46This episode examines the end of the story of the Companions of the Cave and the injunctions that come after it in verses 22 through 31 of Sūrat al-Kahf. These injunctions touch upon the manner in which one should handle disputes, how to interpret Quranic narratives, the structure of society, and the importance of actions.
Sūrat al-Kahf 9-21: Episode 2.4
725:03:01Our second episode on Sūrat al-Kahf examines the story of the Companions of the Cave, its relation to other accounts in the ancient Near East, and the manner in which the Quran employs this story for lessons regarding the spiritual life and the path to God.
Sūrat al-Kahf, 1-8: Episode 2.3
525:02:48This episode contextualizes Sūrat al-Kahf and examines the reasons it is recommended to recite at least a part of it every Friday. It then analyzes verses 1-8 and the manner in which they set the stage for the themes discussed in greater depth later in the sūra.
Sūrat al-Ikhlāṣ, Episode 2.2
496:43:06A contextual and linguistic analysis of Sūrat al-Ikhlāṣ, examining its relationship with the surrounding sūras, the inner meaning of the words employed, and some of the reasons for its recitation being referred to as equivalent to one third of the Quran.
Sūrat al-Tīn, Episode 1.8
363:56:11Sūrat al-Tīn provides one of the most famous descriptions of the human being in the Quran as one who is created "in the most beautiful balance" to then be cast to "the lowest, lowly." This episode demonstrates how this presentation of the human being is connected to the remainder of the sūrah and the overall Quranic theme of maintaining the balance in all of creation.