Stabilising Sacred Texts in Judaism, Christianity and Islam: c.750-c.1000

5 December 2014, 09:30 - 12:30

S1, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT

Free to attend, but please register online.

In the long histories through which the sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have come down to us from Late Antiquity, few eras were as consequential as the last quarter of the first millennium. This workshop will bring together senior and junior Cambridge scholars working on Jewish, Christian and Islamic textual traditions, to reflect upon the remarkably simultaneous (8th-10th centuries) attempts to stabilise the texts of the Hebrew Bible, the Latin Vulgate and the Arabic Qur'an. The workshop - a conversation between scholars sharing and discussing exemplary sources rather than a set of formal papers - will pay special attention to material, institutional, scribal and cultural phenomena common to all three traditions, as well as the 19th-century emergence of comparative, historical understanding of the textual scholarship practiced in Abbasid Baghdad, the Tiberias of the Massoretes and the Carolingian Renaissance. 


  • Samuel Blapp
  • Theodor Dunkelgrün
  • Robert Evans
  • Zachary Giuliano
  • Geoffrey Khan
  • Rosamond McKitterick
  • Shady Hekmat Nasser


Theodor Dunkelgrün

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This event is co-organised by CRASSH and the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge.

This event is supported by funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ ERC grant agreement no 295463


Friday 5th December

9.30 - 10.00

Coffee and tea in Atrium

10.00 - 12.30