IQSA Annual Meeting in Boston: Preliminary Schedule Now Available!

IQSA has an exciting program lined up for the Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. The preliminary program book is now available! To view the full schedule and abstracts please visit the Annual Meeting 2017 page HERE. For a preview of exclusive IQSA events, see below!

The IQSA Annual Meeting in Boston is scheduled to take place November 17-20, 2017 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 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. Visit the following links for detailed instructions on registering for the Annual Meeting and/or IQSA Membership .

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IQSA members will also enjoy the added benefits of full access to the Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association and the monthly Review of Qur’anic Research, professional development opportunities, and more! Read about all membership benefits HERE.

Support IQSA’s work and the Annual Meeting through a tax-deductible contribution. All contributors will be formally recognized in Boston at the IQSA Reception on November 17, 2017.

We look forward to an exciting meeting of members and friends in Boston!

 

Preliminary Schedule: IQSA Events

P17-207


The Qur’an and the Biblical Tradition 
11/17/2017
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Holger Zellentin, University of Nottingham, Presiding
Devin Stewart, Emory University
Abraham’s Lies and Verbal Ambiguity in the Qur’an (30 min)
Nicolai Sinai, University of Oxford
“The creed of your father Abraham”: Towards an intertextual and literary profile of the Qur’anic Abraham passages (30 min)
Gavin McDowell, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
What Did Judaism Borrow from Muhammad? The Qur’an and Pirqe de-Rabbi Eliezer Reconsidered (30 min)
Shari L. Lowin, Stonehill College
“The Jews say the Hand of God is Chained”: Q 5:64, the midrash, and the Favor of God (30 min)
Faris Casewit, Harvard University
The Sayings of Jesus (‘Isa) in Harrali’s (d. 1241) Exegetical Treatise Sa’d al-wa’i wa-uns al-qari (30 min)


P17-301


11/17/2017
4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD
Speaker: Gerald Hawting (IQSA President)
Presidential Address:
The House and the Book’. Some reflections on scripture and sanctuary in early Islam


P17-304


11/17/2017
5:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Reception


P18-249


The Qur’an: Surah Studies
11/18/2017

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Marianna Klar, Presiding
Joseph E. Lowry, University of Pennsylvania
Legislative Framing and Communal Focus in Surat al-Ahzab (30 min)
Matthew Anderson, Georgetown University
Between Scripture and Tradition: Q 33:57-61 and the Development of Classical Islamic Blasphemy Law (30 min)
Ghazala Anwar, Graduate Theological Union
Reading Sura 33 al-Ahzab in relation to Sura 42 al-Shura (30 min)
Bruce Bennett Lawrence, Duke University
The Puzzle of Surat Al-Ahzab (Q 33) v.35 in English translation (30 min)


P18-323


11/18/2017
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Roundtable: The Islamic Jesus
Mustafa Akyol’s recent monograph “The Islamic Jesus” examines “how the king of the Jews became a prophet of the Muslims” and raises, among other things, the question of the importance of Jewish Christianity for the emergence of Islam. He will be joined by other experts of the Qur’an as well as Syriac and Rabbinic literature in order to explore these and other topics.

Gabriel Reynolds, University of Notre Dame, Presiding
Holger Zellentin, University of Nottingham, Panelist
Shari Lowin, Stonehill College, Panelist
Gerald Hawting, School of Oriental and African Studies, Panelist
Sidney Griffith, Catholic University of America, Panelist
Emran El-Badawi, University of Houston, Panelist
Mustafa Akyol, Panelist


P18-325


Linguistic, Literary, and Thematic Perspectives on the Qur’anic Corpus
11/18/2017
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Surah Titles: Connections to Structure, Themes, and Rhetoric of Revelation

Andrew C. Smith, Brigham Young University
Suwar al-Sajdah: Prostration as Surah Title for Q 32 and Q 41 (25 min)
Stephen Burge, Institute of Ismaili Studies
Theological Onomastics: Spiritual Didacticism in Al-Suyuti’s Twenty One Names for Surat al-Fatiha (25 min)
Emad Mohamed, Université du Québec à Montréal
How did Muslims Name the Chapters of the Quran: a Computational Analysis (25 min)
Afnan H. Fatani, King Abdul-aziz University
S for Salat: Prostration as an Organizational Principle of Spatial Movement in Surat Sad (Q. 38) (25 min)
Anne-Sylvie Boisliveau, University of Strasbourg (France)
Naming the Revelation: Titles, Isolated Letters and Metatexts in the Hâwâmîm (25 min)
Omar Edaibat, McGill Institute of Islamic Studies
On Sura Titles and the Four-Fold Process of Spiritual Transformation in the Quran: An Intra-TextualApproach (25 min)


P18-344


The Qur’an and Late Antiquity
11/18/2017

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Re-Orienting the Study of Late Antiquity before and after Muhammad
This session is co-sponsored by the Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity unit (AAR).

Michael Pregill, Boston University, Presiding
Khodadad Rezakhani, Princeton University, Panelist
Jennifer Hart, Elon University, Panelist
Naomi Koltun-Fromm, Haverford College, Panelist
Sara Ronis, Saint Mary’s University (San Antonio), Panelist
Kevin Jaques, Indiana University Bloomington, Panelist

 


P19-152


The Qur’an and Late Antiquity
11/19/2017
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Qur’anic Themes, Language, and Rites in Late Antique Perspective

Michael Pregill, Boston University, Presiding
Abraham Winitzer, University of Notre Dame
Akkadian kipir kishâdim and the Fate of Islam’s kâfirûn in Q 8:12; 47:4 (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Javad “Jay” Hashmi, University of California-Berkeley
War and Peace in Early Islam (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Johanne Christiansen, Aarhus Universitet
“And their prayer at the House is nothing but a whistling and a clapping of hands” (Q8:35): Negotiating Processions in the Qur’an (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Ari M. Gordon, University of Pennsylvania
Wherever you Turn, the Face of God is There: Liturgical Direction in the Qur’an and Religions of Late Antiquity (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Karen Bauer, The Institute of Ismaili Studies
Grief in the Qur’an and its Milieu (20 min)
Discussion (20 min)


IQSA Business Meeting (Open to Public)
11/19/2017
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD


P19-244


The Qur’an and the Biblical Tradition
11/19/2017

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Cornelia Horn, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Presiding
Rachel Dryden, University of Oxford
Angels from Biblical History in the Qur’an (30 min)
Holger Zellentin, University of Nottingham
The Prohibition of Incest in the Qur’an in its Biblical and Late Antique Context (30 min)
Thomas Hoffmann, Københavns Universitet
The Doxological Mode of Religiosity in the Qur’an (or how not to repeat the errors of the Jews and Christians) (30 min)
Gabriel Said Reynolds, University of Notre Dame
Speaking Biblically: On the Qur’an’s Use of Biblical Turns of Phrase (30 min)
Cornelia Horn, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Oral and Written Transmissions at the Intersection of the Bible and the Qur’an (30 min)


P20-139


Qur’anic Studies: Methodology and Hermeneutics
11/20/2017
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Minority and Marginalized Hermeneutics
This panel examines the hermeneutical strategies of minority and marginalized groups.

Karen Bauer, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, Presiding
Khalil Andani, Harvard University
Reading Text through Pre-Text: Redefining Isma’ili Hermeneutics (25 min)
Charles Ramsey, Forman Christian College
From Farahi to Ghamidi: an introduction to the trajectory of the Indian Nazm School of qur’anic exegesis (25 min)
Orhan Elmaz, University of St. Andrews
Unveiling female emancipation: A forced blessing? (25 min)
Shehnaz Haqqani, Ithaca College
Marginalizing Gender in the Study of the Qur’an (25 min)
Joseph Stewart, Florida State University
Are the Samaritans People of the Book? An Investigation into the Interpretation of Sura 20 (25 min)


P20-220


11/20/2017
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Towards a Sophisticated Digital Concordance of the Qur’an: A Presentation of the Qur’an Gateway Project
This session will invite scholarly feedback on ongoing efforts to create a sophisticated digital concordance of the Qur’an permitting, among other things, a search for formulaic systems in the Qur’anic corpus. Anyone engaged in research on the Qur’an is invited to attend and to contribute.

Nicolai Sinai, University of Oxford, Presiding
Andy Bannister, Melbourne School of Theology, Panelist
Nick Chatrath, Panelist
Daniel Brubaker, Panelist


S20-221


Jewish Christianity / Christian Judaism; The Qur’an and Late Antiquity
Joint Session With: Jewish Christianity / Christian Judaism, The Qur’an and Late Antiquity (IQSA)
11/20/2017
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Rethinking Jewish-Christianity and Islam

Annette Reed, New York University, Presiding (10 min)
Stephen Shoemaker, University of Oregon
Jewish-Christian Phantoms at the Origins of Islam (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Michael Pregill, Boston University
Between Yahud and Nasara: “Jewish Christianity” as Hermeneutic Device in Qur’anic Studies (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Jae Han, University of Pennsylvania
Jewish-Christianity, Late Antiquity, and Nativist Prophets of Early Islam (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Elena Dugan, Princeton University
New (Enochic) Gateways in Ibn al-Nadim’s Fihrist: Thinking Outside the “Jewish-Christian” Box (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)


P20-347


The Qur’an: Manuscripts and Textual Criticism
11/20/2017
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD

Theme: Analysis of the Qur’an’s text as found in manuscripts
This unit provides analysis of the Qur’an’s text as found in manuscripts utilizing paleographical, codicological, and other established methodologies used in textual criticism (lower criticism). Oral tradition as recorded in manuscripts is also featured.

Keith Small, London School of Theology, Presiding
Alba Fedeli, Central European University, Budapest, Presiding
Raymond K. Farrin, American University of Kuwait
Verse Numbering Systems of the Qur’an: A Comparative Study (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Joshua Falconer, The Catholic University of America
From Variance to Canonicity: The Superimposition of Readings in Early Abbasid Scribal Practice (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Elif Behnan Karabiyik, Istanbul 29 Mayis University
Dating of the Quranic Manuscript (Ms. 4313) and Its Palaeographical and Textual Features (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)

 

 

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