Gain deeper understanding and appreciation, expand your knowledge base, and reconsider some ideas you might already have about Islam at a new academic lecture series starting this fall, in partnership with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago.
In this second lecture of the series, Jessica Mutter, PhD candidate in Early Islamic History at the University of Chicago, will explore the Qur'an. Bring your questions to the discussion, or email them in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mutter's dissertation, “Conversion and Religious Identity in Early Islamic Syria,” examines the way conversion to and from Islam and Christianity is written about in Syria during the first two centuries after the Muslim conquests.
Jessica’s research and teaching interests include religious conversion in Late Antique and Early Islamic Syria; early Islamic historiography; Qur‘anic studies; the development of Eastern Christian and Muslim theology during the early Islamic era; and early medieval social, intellectual, and economic histories of the Middle East and North Africa.
She has taught courses on Islam and Middle Eastern History at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She holds a BA from Columbia University and an MA from the American University in Cairo.
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is active locally, regionally, and nationally in its goal of enhancing public knowledge of the Middle East. The Middle East Education Initiative (MEEI) coordinates all outreach programs and collaborates with educational institutions, cultural and religious organizations, diplomatic circles, government, the private sector, and the media. They draw on the critical expertise of scholars and specialists from the University of Chicago community and around the country to promote a descriptive and critical understanding of the Middle East in both historical and contemporary contexts.