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International Workshop

Preliminary Considerations on the Corpus Coranicum Christianum

The Qur’an in Translation – A Survey of the State-of-the-Art

Freie Universität Berlin/Germany, December 5th – 7th, 2018 Convener: Manolis Ulbricht & Berlin Byzantine Studies (Freie Universität Berlin)



The workshop “Preliminary Considerations on the Corpus Coranicum Christianum. The Qur’an in Translation – A Survey of the State-of-the-Art” seeks to lay the groundwork for an interdisciplinary research project comparing all Christian translations of the Qur’an. Its goal is to gather and analyze, in a first step, all Greek, Syriac, and Latin translations of the Quran from the 7th century CE until the Early Modern period and to present the results to the scientific and broader public as a synoptic open-access digital edition.

The workshop is aiming at mapping out the different scholars and research traditions dealing with varied translations of the Qur’an and to facilitate further scientific exchange. It will also examine the possibilities of using methods in the Digital Humanities for building an annotated database of the Corpus Coranicum Christianum. This workshop is sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Freie Universität Berlin.

The project initiative Corpus Coranicum Christianum (CCC) shall start with the three subprojects: Corpus Coranicum Byzantinum (CCB), Corpus Coranicum Syriacum (CCS), and Corpus Coranicum Latinum (CCL). More languages may be added later. Firstly, the different manuscripts that preserve translations of the Qur’an will be collected and analyzed individually. Then, they will be compared and commented on under determined philological and syntactical aspects. Therefore, all translations shall be digitalized and linked to each other and to the Arabic Qur’an texts in order to enable researchers to systematically examine the Christian reception and transmission of the Muslim Qur’an. Thus, the Corpus Coranicum Christianum synopsis will be made accessible in an open-access database, following the example of the Corpus Coranicum project at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW).

The project initiative Corpus Coranicum Christianum is financed by the Presidency of the Freie Universität Berlin. For more information about this project initiative, please visit our website.


  • Poster of the Workshop
  • Please note, that there have been slight modifications to the program
  • Flyer (sequential web version)
  • Flyer (print version)


  • Directions to hotel, workshop venue and restaurants


Conference Reports



Date: Wednesday – Friday, 5th – 7th December 2018

Venue: Freie Universität Berlin

Wednesday (05/12/2018)

Topoi Building Dahlem
Hittorfstraße 18
D-14195 Berlin

Conference Room 010

Thursday & Friday (06–07/12/2018)

Silberlaube (Ground Floor)
Otto-von-Simson-Str. 26
14195 Berlin-Dahlem

Seminarzentrum Room L 115


Admission: Free and open to everybody

Call for Papers (deadline 31/05/2018)



Contact: corpus.coranicum.christianum@klassphil.fu-berlin.de


  • Byzantine Studies
  • Call for Papers
  • CCC
  • Database
  • Digital Humanities
  • Digitization
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Open Access
  • Quran
  • Translation
  • Workshop