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.

 

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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 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 sending an email to iqsadiscussion@googlegroups.com or 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!

 

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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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Review of Qur’anic Research, Vol. 5 no. 10 (2019)

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In the latest installment of the Review of Qur’anic Research (Vol. 5, no.10), Majd Al-Mallah (Grand Valley State University) reviews Richard Serrano’s Qurʾān and the Lyric Imperative (New York: Lexington Books, 2016).

5.10In his review, Al-Mallah writes “As the title suggests, Richard Serrano’s Qurʾān and the Lyric Imperative examines the Qurʾān, but the intention is not to explain the holy book of Islam. The Qurʾān, as the author puts it, “continues to defy explanation, despite the legions engaged in the vast Islamic and Orientalist intellectual industry intent on doing just that” (1). Instead, the book examines the connections between the Qurʾān and poetry in the classical Arabic tradition and the ways in which those connections have served a central role in preserving people’s understanding of the text…

Want to read more? For full access to the Review of Qur’anic Research (RQR), members can log in HERE. Not an IQSA member? Join today to enjoy RQR and additional member benefits!

 

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URGENT: Yahoo Group Discontinuation/Migration

Attention all IQSA colleagues and friends!

As you might have seen, Yahoo has made the decision to discontinue the Yahoo Groups service and platform.

Beginning October 28 users will not be able to upload any more content to the site. 

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.

The IQSA Executive Office is currently working on a group migration that will ensure the longevity of this important communication platform for the International Qur’anic Studies Association. Please monitor the IQSA Blog and your email for updates.

For questions, please email contact@iqsaweb.org. Thank you for being an active member of the IQSA community!

New Release: JIQSA Volume 3 (2018)

Dear colleagues,

I am very pleased to announce that the third volume of the Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (founding editors: Michael Pregill and Vanessa De Gifis) has just been published online, with the print version due to ship soon (http://lockwoodonlinejournals.com/index.php/jiqsa). As shown by the attached Table of Contents, the issue features articles on the Meccan sanctuary in the Qur’an and in the later Islamic tradition (by Gerald Hawting and Sean Anthony), on the Qur’an’s intertextual links to Biblical and Syriac literature (by David Bertaina and Zohar Hadromi-Allouche), and on the Qur’an’s early manuscript transmission (by Adam Bursi). Saqib Hussain and I feel privileged to have been treated to sneak previews of these five essays while seeing them through press, and I hope that you will find them similarly exciting.

 

Best wishes,

Nicolai Sinai

 

PS: Access to JIQSA is of course an IQSA membership benefit. However, if you have not yet asked your institutional libraries to take out a subscription, please consider doing so now. It would be a very important contribution to ensuring the journal’s long-term future as a lasting record of IQSA scholarship.

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Volume three is available to IQSA members for FREE online via the member login on members.iqsaweb.org. Non-members can receive access by signing up for membership HERE. Institutions wishing to subscribe for print and/or online access should fill out the form HERE. Print subscriptions are also available for individual subscribers via THIS FORM.

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JIQSA is now accessible through the online academic digital library JSTOR. Libraries and other institutions with a subscription to JSTOR can access JIQSA HERE.

Member Access

Full online access to the Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association is available by signing in to the member portal at iqsaweb.org HERE. Use the top menu to navigate to “JIQSA” and select the desired volume via the drop-down menu. Online access to JIQSA is NOT available via Lockwood Press’ website.

If you experience trouble logging in, please email contact@iqsaweb.org to reset your password or confirm your membership.

Renew or sign up for IQSA membership HERE for full access to JIQSA, RQR, and more!

 

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Call for Papers: 13th Symposium Syriacum and the 11th Conference of Christian Arabic Studies

The call for abstracts for the 13th Symposium Syriacum and the 11th Conference of Christian Arabic Studies has been postponed until October 20, 2019, so there is still time to submit paper proposals. Presenters will be asked to present a 15-minute paper with three minutes allotted for questions. PhD Students and early career researchers are encouraged to submit proposals.

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To submit abstracts, go to the congress website: : https://symsyr-ar2020.sciencesconf.org. /. On the right, click on “registration”. After your registration you will receive an e-mail that your account was successfully created on Sciencesconf.org platform. Click on the link you received to activate your account and login to the system. To download your abstract, click on “Submission” in “My space” on the right side of your screen.

The conferences will take place in Paris, at the INALCO on July 6-11, 2020.

For more information about registration, lodging, and paper proposals, please visit the Symposium Syriacum website.

 

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