The Finality of Prophecy

Event Date

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 6:00pm

Venue

Room Number

Blount Auditorium

Contact

Hannah Barker

Phone

901-843-03411

In Arabia a man named Muhammad, who was born c.
    570 CE, is said to have received a series of communications from
    God  between 610 and 632 CE.
    These communications subsequently were recorded in writing,
    collected, and redacted in the text known as the Quran. On one
    occasion, the Quran refers to Muhammad as “the seal of
    Prophets,” a phrase that is understood by all Muslims as
    signifying that prophecy came to an end upon Muhammad’s death
    in 632 CE. In this lecture, Dr. David Powers will attempt to situate this claim
    in the context of the understanding of prophecy in the Near East
    in Antiquity and Late Antiquity.

 David S. Powers is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a
    long-suffering Cleveland Indians fan. He received his Ph.D. from
    Princeton in 1979 and began teaching at Cornell in the same year.
    He currently holds positions as Professor in the Department of
    Near Eastern Studies, Adjunct Professor at the Cornell Law School, and
    director of the Medieval Studies Program. His courses deal with
    Islamic civilization, Islamic history and law, and classical
    Arabic texts, and his research focuses on the emergence of Islam
    and Islamic legal history. He is founding editor of the journal
    Islamic Law and Society.