Project grant (PiQ 895313) awarded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships (IF) programme.
Duration: 1 March 2021 – 28 February 2023
Summary: PiQ explores the dynamic tradition of reading poverty in the Qur’ān in medieval Muslim societies (8th –13th centuries CE).
What does the Qur’ān say about poverty? Is poverty caused by divine will and thus inevitable? Is it a punishment, a trial, or a sign of divine favour? What is the relation between poverty and moral virtue? These questions occupied medieval Muslim thinkers and re-emerged in contemporary discussions among scholars, Muslim intellectuals, and the wider public on Islamic economic ethics, poverty alleviation, social justice, and development in Muslim societies. The EU-funded project will address the question of poverty in the Qur’ān from the reception history perspective, exploring the dynamic tradition of reading poverty in the Qur’ān in medieval Muslim societies from the 8th to the 13th centuries CE. Based on a corpus of medieval Arabo-Islamic sources, the project aims to reconstruct the history of interpretation of Qur’ānic verses on poverty and to examine their use in poverty-related discourses and practices. The project’s findings will be shared through publications and a catalogue of the Qur’ānic verses on poverty available on an Open Access basis.
External project links: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/895313.