Sacred Troubling Topics in the Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur'an

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ORGANIZATION: American Comparative Literature Association

CONTACT: Roberta Sabbath at Sabbath@unlv.nevada.edu

CALL FOR PAPERS OPEN/CLOSE DATE ON ACLA WEBSITE--ACLA.ORG: September 1-23, 2015

ANNUAL CONFERENCE LOCATION, DATE: Harvard University, March 17-20, 2016

PAPER SELECTION FOR SEMINAR PROPOSAL: End of September

SEMINAR ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION: October 2015

Abrahamic sacred texts continue to inspire a diversity of scholarship that seeks to transform the ancient into the contemporary, the remote into the immediate, and the distant into the visceral experience. This panel takes that process into the examination of troubling topics, often overlooked, yet found in the Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur'an. Building from foundational texts, other sacred works such as Talmud, Apocrypha, Patristics, and Hadith as well as philosophy and contemporary scholarship can be brought into play. Views from global perspectives are enthusiastically invited so as to better contribute to diversity and freshness of the dialogue. Some presenters may focus on one sacred text and the ancillary works; others may contextualize all three sacred texts. Although the goal is to present a spectrum of insights, the strategy is text-based and ruminations spring from textual pericope. Suggested troubling topics include but are not limited to the following: racism, domestic violence, suicide, sexuality, unbeliever, LGBTQ, misogyny, trickster, humor, fallible prophet, good vs./and evil, self-denial, spying, deception, change, sin. This panel continues an exploratory tradition begun with Sacred Tropes: Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur'an as Literature and Culture (Brill 2009). Submissions for 250 WORD paper proposals are made through the acla.org website between September 1-23, 2015. Contact Roberta Sabbath for questions: sabbath@unlv.nevada.edu