EUQU. The European Qur’an. Islamic Scripture in European Culture and Religion 1150-1850

EUQU. The European Qur’an. Islamic Scripture in European Culture and Religion 1150-1850

Mercedes García- Arenal

ERC Synergy Grant 2018 810141 (2019-2025)

EuQu is an ambitious six year research project (2019-2025) studying the ways in which the Islamic Holy Book is embedded in the intellectual, religious and cultural history of Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Our research studies how the Qur’an has been translated, interpreted, adapted and used by Christians, European Jews, freethinkers, atheists and European Muslims in order to understand how the Holy Book has influenced both culture and religion in Europe.

EuQu is a Synergy project between the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC); the University of Naples “L’Orientale (UNO); The University of Copenhagen (UCPH); the University of Nantes (UN); the University of Amsterdam (UvA); the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB); and the Humanities Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA-BTK). The project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 810141).

Our project is built on the conviction that the Qur’an has played an important role in the formation of early modern European religious diversity and identity and continues to do so. The Qur’an is deeply imbedded in the political and religious thought of Europe and part of the intellectual repertoire of Medieval and Early Modern Europeans of different denominations and beliefs. We speak of the “European Qur’an” to emphasize the significant role of the Muslim Holy Book in various intellectual and cultural debates that took place in different parts of Europe, from Iberia to Hungary, over the course of the Middle Ages and early modern period (1150-1850).

CSIC Members: Mercedes García-Arenal (PI), Fernando Rodríguez Mediano, Isabel Boyano Guerra, Teresa Madrid Álvarez Piñer, Arturo Guerrero Enterría, Adrián Rodríguez Iglesias, Katarzyna Starczewska, Laura Rodríguez del Pozo