The International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) is happy to announce its third biennial conference from July 25-26, 2019, hosted by the Tangier Global Forum of the University of New England, Tangier, Morocco. The main theme of the conference is Reading the Qur’an in the Context of Empire.
Conference presenters and observers should register online. There is no registration fee for conference presenters or observers.
Option 1: Limited on-campus housing is available at the University of New England’s campus dormitory.
- Rooms are double occupancy
- $60 USD per night
- Preference will go to accepted presenters
- Apply by completing the online registration form
Option 2: Attendees are welcome to reserve a room in the Grand Hotel Villa De France Tangier (no group rate or discount code). Click here to book a room.
For those staying at the Grand Hotel Villa De France Tangier, it is approximately a 25 to 30 minutes walk to the UNE campus. Petit taxis are available for $1.00.
The conference venue at UNE will provide meals at the following rates:
- Breakfast 30 dirhams ($3.32 USD)
- Lunch 60 dirhams ($6.64 USD)
- Dinner 60 dirhams ($6.64 USD)
- Snacks, a coffee break, and dinner are free for conference participants on July 25, 2019
Given the history and the pluralistic nature of the conference, participants are encouraged to exchange views on the relationship between the Qur’an and other religions. The conference will unveil new research on the Qur’an, and create a platform for connecting other religions to Qur’anic studies. Further attention will be paid to the important contribution of North African scholars to the emergence and flourishing of methods in the study of Qur’an, tafsir and translation. Also, particular attention will be paid to understudied texts, including Qur’anic commentaries, manuscripts, and translations produced under influential early, medieval and modern Islamic empires and sultanates in Turkey, Persia, Africa, Europe and the Malay-Indonesian world.
As there have been some long discussions about the way the Qur’an is [supposed to be] taught and examined in different Islamic and non-Islamic academic contexts, researchers will find a chance to discuss and challenge recent ideas and trends in Islamic studies by raising questions about: academic study of the Qur’an and its tafsir, reading the Qur’an along with other scriptures, reading the Qur’an in the light of recent archaeological and epigraphic discoveries, among others.
The sub-themes of the conference are as follows:
- The Qur’an and Other Religions
- Tafsir and the translation of the Qur’an
- Qur’anic Manuscripts
- The Qur’an and Mysticism
- Modern African traditions of Qur’anic Exegesis
- Method and Theory in the Study of the Qur’an and its commentaries (past, present, future)
The conference will take place in English, Arabic and French.
We hope to see you in Tangier!