Believing rulers and the political theology of the Qur’an within its Byzantine context
Paper by Zishan Ghaffar
Given at Unlocking the Byzantine Qurʾān conference at the University of Paderborn on August 30, 2022
Abstract: Several Qurʾānic figures as Soloman, David and Alexander are described in the Qurʾān as believers with special authority and power, who ruled on earth with divine permission. Heribert Busse famously categorized this type of Qurʾānic ruler as “Herrschertypen” and analyzed a certain affinity between them. This paper tries to reconstruct the political theology of the Qurʾān inherent to these political figures. It aims to contextualize Qurʾānic concepts such as mulk and halifa as part of late antique political discourses in the Byzantine realm.
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Top Image: Quran fragment from the 9th or 11th century CE – Walters Art Museum Ms. W.554, fol.65a