Andrew Rippin Best Paper Prize 2019-20

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Andrew Rippin was the inaugural president of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (2014). He is remembered as “an esteemed colleague, revered mentor, and scholarly inspiration to many members of the IQSA community.”

In honor of Andrew Rippin, the International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) will award a prize to the best paper delivered at the 2019 Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA by a graduate student or early career scholar (Ph.D. awarded 2014 or later).

The prize winner will receive $250. In addition, the award committee will provide him/her with detailed feedback and guidance enabling him/her to expand the paper into a scholarly article that qualifies for publication in the Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (JIQSA), subject to peer review.

Interested scholars should submit a draft of the paper which they read at the 2019 Annual Meeting at San Diego; this draft should be no longer than fifteen double-spaced pages (or 3750 words). Submissions should be sent to contact@iqsaweb.org by January 5, 2020. The prize winner will be announced by February 1, 2020. The winner should then be prepared to submit a fully revised version of the winning article by April 1, 2020. Publication of the final version is contingent upon review by the award committee and editorial staff of JIQSA.

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New Publication—History of the Qur’an: A Critical Study by Shehzad Saleem

Dr. Shehzad Saleem, fellow at al-Mawrid, has recently published a new book, History of the Qur’an: A Critical Study.

quranstockFrom the introduction of the book:

A number of illustrious scholars in the past have undertaken to write down this collection and transmission history of the Qur’ān. What then is the need to revisit and synthesize this history in the wake of these studies? In the humble opinion of this writer, the answer to this question is that most previous works on this topic have been marred by three flaws and hence occasioned this study.

The first flaw is that the collection history of the Qur’ān has generally been compiled only on the basis of historical reports found in Ḥadīth anthologies. Seldom was this collection history based on the account of the Qur’ān itself on its collection.

The second flaw is that tools of historical criticism have not always been fully employed to evaluate the content acquired from Ḥadīth anthologies on the collection of the Qur’ān. The result is that, at times, far-reaching conclusions have been drawn from data that is of questionable reliability.

The third flaw is that the readings of the Qur’ān transmitted by tentative (dhannī) means have been regarded acceptable along with its reading transmitted by certain (qaṭ‘ī) means against the verdict of the Qur’ān itself. In this way, both have been equated and the distinction between the two has become extremely blurred if not totally forgotten.

From here, springs the justification of the present study, which also forms its objective. It attempts to:

  1. synthesize the collection and transmission history of the Qur’ān on the basis of the Qur’ān and established historical sources.
  2. critically evaluate the accounts of the Qur’ān’s collection and other related content mentioned in Ḥadīth anthologies using tools of historical criticism.

The current book (History of the Qur’an: A Critical Study) is a labour of almost two decades and spans about 1300 pages.

Soon, the kindle edition of the book and its hard copy will be available at Amazon.

For interested IQSA members, its pdf can be emailed to them for their personal consumption.

 

 

Look for this new publication soon on Amazon. You can also see more of Dr. Saleem’s work here.

 

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Giving Tuesday: Promoting Scholarship and Building Bridges

gt-logoFor over six years the International Qur’anic Studies Association has made fostering Qur’anic scholarship its mission. The Qur’an is an integral part of world literature, and it has shaped and continues to shape the world in which we live. By giving to IQSA you are promoting high quality scholarship and building bridges across the globe, which in turn has positive ripple effects on high quality education, journalism, publishing and public engagement.

IQSA is the only non-profit learned society exclusively dedicated to convening regular Qur’an conferences in North America and in Muslim majority countries around the world, as well as to publishing rigorous cutting edge scholarship on the Qur’an. Within six short years IQSA has convened eleven major conferences. These have included large scale conferences in throughout major US cities, Carthage, Tunisia and Jogjakarta, Indonesia, as well as co-sponsored panels in Berlin, Germany and St. Andrews, Scotland. IQSA conferences showcase cutting edge research on manuscripts, historical documents, and high tech digital resources, as well as debate critical issues including methodology, hermeneutics and gender. This is possible because IQSA members include the very best scholars in the field.

The third issue of the bilingual Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (JIQSA) was released this year; and IQSA’s first publication in the Studies in the Qur’ān series, A Qur’ānic Apocalypse: A Reading of the Thirty-Three Last Sūras of the Qur’ān by Michel Cuypers, is now available from ISD. IQSA members receive free access to JIQSA, the Review of Qur’an Research (RQR), the exclusive member directory (including world renowned Qur’an specialists), and PhD students and recent graduates gain valuable professional development experience. Lifetime and Institutional members carry additional member benefits. IQSA also rewards junior scholars and international academics with the opportunity to learn from colleagues around the world and publish their research. By giving, you help IQSA keep membership dues low and you reward those members of our community who need it most.

It goes without saying that the current political climate has made our task — especially critical scholarship and building bridges — more important than ever. As academics, professionals and philanthropists we have a duty to support the Humanities and Social Sciences at a time when they are under threat. This also means we have the opportunity to bring about a much more intellectual discussion of the Qur’an when the public needs it most.

IQSA was founded by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, and is now funded through the generous support of its members, partners and friends. Please take time this #GivingTuesday to DONATE NOW to further IQSA’s mission across the globe.

Most gratefully,

Emran El-Badawi, Executive Director
International Qur’anic Studies Association
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New IQSA Discussion Group Platform

Greetings friends of IQSA!

As you might have seen, Yahoo has made the decision to discontinue the Yahoo Groups service and platform previously used for the International Qur’anic Studies Association’s discussion group. As of December 14, all previously posted content on the site will be permanently removed. Users have until that date to save any content uploaded by downloading and storing on their own device.

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The IQSA Executive Office has migrated the IQSA Yahoo Discussion Group to this Google Groups platform. We hope you join and take advantage of this important communication tool for the International Qur’anic Studies Association. Participants can join the IQSA discussion group by follwing the below instructions:

Join the IQSA Discussion Group

  1. Sign in to Google Groups. Learn how to join if you do not have a Google Account.
  2. In the box at the top, search for “International Qur’anic Studies Association Discussion Group”
  3. Once you have located the IQSA Group, click Join group or Apply to join group.

After you have been approved by an administrator to join the group, you will receive a confirmation email. If you have questions, please email contact@iqsaweb.org for assistance.

If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email contact@iqsaweb.org. We hope you considering joining the new IQSA Google Discussion Group!

 

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Call for Papers: Syriac and Arabia Symposium (Hugoye Symposium VI)

cfpBeth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute is holding its sixth Hugoye symposium on April 24-25, 2020 at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. This year’s topic is “Syriac and Arabia.” While there has been much on the contribution of Syriac to the Abbasid translation movement, research on the connections between Syriac and Arabic before Islam and during the early years of Islam is in its infancy. This workshop aims to bring together scholars who cross the Syriac studies and Arabic/Islamic studies divide in the hope of forming a framework for the study of the Syriac-Arabic interface.

Scholars interested in participating may send via email a proposal between 750 and 1,000 words. Submission deadline is January 15, 2020. Submissions are to be sent via email directly to George A. Kiraz at gkiraz@ias.edu.

Scholars are expected to fund their travel to/from and accommodation in Princeton. The Institute will provide meals and a conference celebratory dinner. Speakers will be invited to contribute to a collected volume on an agreed-upon theme.

 

© International Qur’anic Studies Association, 2019. All rights reserved.

 

New IQSA Discussion Group Platform

Greetings friends of IQSA!

As you might have seen, Yahoo has made the decision to discontinue the Yahoo Groups service and platform previously used for the International Qur’anic Studies Association’s discussion group. As of December 14, all previously posted content on the site will be permanently removed. Users have until that date to save any content uploaded by downloading and storing on their own device.

Y2G

The IQSA Executive Office is migrating the IQSA Yahoo Discussion Group to this Google Groups platform. We hold you join and take advantage of this important communication tool for the International Qur’anic Studies Association. Participants can join the IQSA discussion group by visiting https://groups.google.com/d/forum/iqsadiscussion. Please find the IQSA Professional Conduct Policy here; we ask that all group members adhere to these policies at all times.

If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email contact@iqsaweb.org. We hope you considering joining the new IQSA Google Discussion Group!

 

© International Qur’anic Studies Association, 2019. All rights reserved.

Conference: 3rd Annual Edinburgh International Graduate Conference in Late Antique, Islamic, and Byzantine Studies

The 3rd Annual Edinburgh International Graduate Conference in Late Antique, Islamic, and Byzantine Studies will be held at the University of Edinburgh on November 22-23, 2019.

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The theme for this year’s conference is Historical inertia: Continuity in the face of change 500-1500 CE: 

Historical discourse has long concerned itself with patterns of change and discontinuity to demonstrate and validate models of periodisation and the compartmentalisation of the wider historical field. Building on these themes, this conference has chosen to focus on the opposing view by concentrating on inertia – how history, material culture, ideas and communities can be seen to maintain a stayed course or deviate if a significant force is exerted upon it. Inertia, a concept that has yet to be applied to mainstream Late Antique studies, introduces perspectives and frameworks that permit new approaches to traditional processes.

This conference will feature numerous papers on qur’anic studies and medieval Islamic history. The complete program can be found here. Additionally, there will be keynote lectures from Averil Cameron and Jack Tannous (Princeton University).

For more information, including registration instructions, visit the conference website.

 

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