Bridging the Gap: Texts, Commentaries and the new Audience

When and Where

Thursday, July 27, 2023 9:30 am to Sunday, July 30, 2023 6:00 pm
Room 2093
Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin


Mohammad Gharaibeh
Asad Q. Ahmed
Walid Saleh


The study of commentaries (sharh, hawashi, nukat) has steadily increased in recent years. While commentators could have chosen to write a "non-commentarial" text, they preferred to elaborate their ideas on the basis of an earlier text. The commentator was a mediator par excellence, keeping a text relevant, both by commenting on it and adding to it, and by connecting that text to the ever-changing environment that studied it. With that, a commentator both confirmed the intellectual and social significance of the base text, while at the same time bridging the gap between the base text and the changing audience, playing a role of the intermediary between them.




Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California Berkeley


Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin