I had the pleasure of delivering a talk on “Islamic diversity & communities of the Qur’an” at the Jalsa Salana: The 70th Annual Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, 2018. You can watch the VIDEO here.
The Communities of the Qur’an project teaches us—indeed it has taught me!—much about the nuances of local Muslim and non-Muslim receptions of this important scripture, which is a noble cause in and of itself. However, it also teaches that the Muslims are caught between the push of diversity and the pull of consensus. Its different and vibrant communities do not even agree about the very nature of the Qur’an—a text shared and loved by all parties. If you are wondering what exactly I am talking about, then you will have to read the book!