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Katharina Voelker, who has recently completed a PhD at the University of Otago on Islamic Hermeneutics, is on Radio One from 10:00-12:00am NZT, Wednesday 18 January. She will be discussing the highs and lows of completing her study, as well as the content of her thesis, “Hermeneutical Access: Philosophical and theological approaches to the Qur’an with reference to modern Muslim thinkers”.

Rush Hour – The Postgrad Radio Show is live streamed on the interwebs, here. A podcast of the session is to come.
Update – Listen here:
The first part of the interview with Katharina Voelker. The part focuses on her research about contemporary interpretation of the Koran.

Second part of the interview with Katharina Voelker. She talks about the ups and downs of her PhD journey, and all the unexpected challenges and little problems along the way.

Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd

Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd

The focus of this thesis is on presenting and analyzing the thought of three contemporary Muslim intellectuals on the theme of Quran interpretation and the application of Islam to Muslim societies. These three scholars are Faziur Rahman Malik, Muhammad Arkoun and Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd. Their thought will be analyzed with special regard to their understanding and treatment of historical criticism, text critique, Sachkritik, the notion of revelation and the possibility of understanding God’s will and its application …
– Katharina Voelker, Religion, University of Otago

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