Paris: A reputable French college announced the launch of the country’s first chair for studying the Holy Qur’an, leading the way towards offering specialized studies on Islam, the Parisian institution of higher education announced Tuesday, media sources reported.
"For the first time, the College de France will simultaneously bring its program on the Bible (Chair "Biblical Milieu" by Thomas Römer, founded in 2009) and the Quran," enthuses François Déroche in a presentation note of his teaching.
This chair, entitled "History of the Qur'an text and transmission", belongs to a specialist of Arabic manuscripts, the paleographer François Déroche.
"I intend to revisit the Qur’an by taking advantage of the situation arising from recent research on the manuscript tradition of the early centuries of Islam and discoveries," he wrote.
The institution of the Quartier Latin founded in the sixteenth century intends "to continue a long tradition of Arab Studies at the College de France and open a new chapter in our understanding of Islamic civilization," according to a statement.
According to the principle of free access to knowledge at the College of France, courses are accessible to all, without prior registration, according to availability of places.