The second biennial international Qur’an conference of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) will be held on July 4-6, 2017 in the Zarrouk Palace, Carthage, Tunisia, in collaboration with Beit al Hikma (The Tunisian Academy of Sciences, Letters, and Arts). For more information please see the announcement here.
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It is a truism that the advent of the internet has made life much easier, and this is no less true for academics than other people. One particular way in which the internet could be of use to, inter alia, historians is by making the building of huge corpora of texts much simpler. Moreover, such corpora would not only be much user-friendlier, but also only a click away from us, no matter where in the world we are. The following are several online corpora of mediaeval Arabic books that could be of use to Islamicists. The works included on these websites range from qur’anic exegesis and qur’anic sciences to ḥadīth, history, adab, and fiqh.
Al-Maktaba al-Shāmila is perhaps the greatest and most widely used online library of Arabic books. Books can be searched and read online. Pagination of each book follows that of the published edition used for reproducing the text.
Al-Warāq. It is possible to run searches through both the whole corpus and individual texts on this website.
Kitābkhāna-yi Madrasa-yi Faqāhat contains over 5,000 fully searchable digitised books.
Noor Digital Library. Home to over 8,000 titles in Arabic and Persian, it is possible to run searches through the whole corpus or individual volumes. It is also possible to download a scanned version of the published texts in the members-only area of the website (needs subscription).
Al-Maktaba al-Shīʿiyya does not seem to be maintained regularly anymore, but its
contents are still accessible.
If you know of other websites and corpora that are not listed here, please kindly post the link to them in the comments section below.
In the latest installment of Review of Qur’anic Research 2 no. 6, W. S. Chahanovich reviews Les origines du Coran, le Coran des origins, a volume edited by Francois Déroche, Christian Robin, and Michel Zink. Les origines is a testimony to the robust tradition of European qur’anic scholarship and provides the reader with focused contributions touching on several topics, including qur’anic philology, paleography, epigraphy, and codicology. Comprised of fourteen articles – nine French, one German, three English –Les origines is the result of a conference held in 2011 in France that honored the 150th anniversary of the publication of the first edition of Theodor Nöldeke’s groundbreaking work Die Geschichte des Qorâns (1860).
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A new edition of the famous Ṣanʿāʾ Qur’an palimpsest, by Dr Asma Hilali of the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, will be published later this year by Oxford University Press as part of their Qur’anic Studies series.
The Ṣanʿāʾ codex, discovered in 1972 in the Grand Mosque of Ṣanʿāʾ (Sanaa), Yemen, is one of the most important Qur’an finds of recent times. The palimpsest’s scriptio inferior (lower writing), datable to around the mid-seventh century CE, is the only extant witness to a non-‘Uthmanic textual tradition of the Qur’an. An edition of the scriptio inferior had previously been published by Dr Behnam Sadeghi and Mr Mohsen Goudarzi; another edition is being prepared by Ms Hadiya Gurtmann as part of the Franco-German project Coranica.
 Behnam Sadeghi and Mohsen Goudarzi, “Ṣanʿāʾ 1 and the Origins of the Qurʾān”, Der Islam 87 (2012), 1-129.
IQSA has an exciting program line up for the Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. The full schedule is now available! To view the schedule, please visit the Annual Meeting 2016 page HERE.
The IQSA Annual Meeting in San Antonio is scheduled to take place 18-21 November 2016, in conjunction with the SBL/AAR Annual Meetings. Registration is open at the SBL page HERE. Save big on registration by joining IQSA or renewing 2016 membership and registering for the Annual Meetings as an Affiliate Member. If you are not yet an IQSA member we encourage you to please join us HERE.
The Alamo Mission in San Antonio, Texas
IQSA members will also enjoy the added benefit of the first issue of the Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association to be released soon.
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