Medieval Islamic interpretations of poverty in the Qur’an
What does the Qur’an say about poverty? Is it a punishment, a trial, or a sign of divine favour? What is the relation between poverty and moral virtue? These questions have occupied medieval Muslim thinkers and modern scholars. The EU-funded PiQ project will address such issues from a historical perspective, exploring the dynamic tradition of reading poverty in the Qur’an in Medieval Muslim societies (from the 8th to the 13th centuries CE). To reconstruct the history of interpretation of Qur’anic verses on poverty, PiQ will study a large corpus of Arabo-Islamic sources. It will also examine the use of these verses in poverty-related discourses and practices. The project’s findings will be published in peer-reviewed journals. A catalogue of the Qur’anic verses on poverty will be available on an Open Access basis.