Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi is back with the second season of Ramadan Talks

26 April, 2022

As part of Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi’s Ramadan Talks Series, the university organized 2 talks this Ramadan 19 and 26 April presenting research findings around different aspects of Ramadan from various perspectives.
On 19 April, the talk titled “What’s the Economic Impact of Ramadan on MENA Region?” by Dr Salem Boubakri, Associate Professor of Economics in the Law and Economics Department at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi tackled the impact of Ramadan on various economic activities such as increasing household spending, productivity and consumer prices n the Mena region during Ramadan.

The second titled talk “The Meaning of Ramadan. Selected Texts from the Qur’an and the Sunna of the Prophet” by Dr Ida Zilio-Grandi, Associate Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari took place on 26 April during which she explained the meaning of Ramadan from a linguistic and religious points of view and explained the link between fasting and the Qur’anic figure of the Virgin Mary, the revelation of the Qur’an itself and the great Islamic virtue of patience or “sabr”.

The talks were concluded with question-and-answer sessions, where attendees had an opportunity to raise questions and have discussions with the presenters around the topics.

Professor Silvia Serrano, Vice-Chancellor Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi commented “As a research-driven university and a leader in the humanities, we are always eager to conduct constructive research and to share our findings with the community. The month of Ramadan presents a wealth of historical, religious, cultural and economic information to our researchers, and through the Ramadan talks, they have the opportunity to share their research findings with the public and contribute to the understanding and analysis of various aspects of Ramadan, including economic, religious and social aspects.”