Review of Qur’anic Research, Vol. 3 no.5 (2017)

In the latest installment of the Review of Qur’anic Research (Vol. 4, no.5), Vanessa De Gifis (Wayne State University) reviews Tafsīr and Islamic Intellectual History (London: Oxford University Press/Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2014), a collection of studies edited by Andreas Görke and Johanna Pink. In this volume, Görke and Pink pose an essential inquiry about tafsīr: “What kind of disciplinary, dogmatic, sectarian, chronological or regional boundaries are there, how are they affirmed and how are they permeated, transgressed, or shifted?” (11). The overall claim of TIIH is that a variety of criteria may be useful to make sense of the external (definitional) and internal (taxonomical) boundaries of tafsīr, contingent upon the particular aspects of qurʾānic interpretation with which researchers are concerned.

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Blog with IQSA!

The International Qur’anic Studies Association is the first professional guild of its kind dedicated to the critical study and investigation of the Qur’an. IQSA is committed to reinforcing its community of students, scholars, publishers, and members of the public through regular communications, one of which is the weekly blog post.


This summer IQSA welcomes YOU to contribute to its mission by submitting content for its weekly blog! Examples of past blog posts can be found HERE. Content can range from relevant event announcements to professional development opportunities to literature reviews and more. In keeping with IQSA’s mission, submissions should be related to the interdisciplinary fields of literature, history, archaeology, paleography, and religious studies pertinent to the Qur’an.

Submissions will be evaluated according to their relevance to IQSA and the interest of its members. Please send your submission to to be considered. Questions? Email for clarifications.

We hope to blog with you soon!

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2017 International Meeting Tunisia

IQSA will hold its second biennial International Qurʾan Conference in collaboration with Beit al-Hikma (The Tunisian Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts) and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Carthage, Tunisia in just ONE month from July 4-6, 2017. This meeting is convened by Pr. Abdelmajid Charfi and Pr. Mokdad Arfa (for Beit al Hikma) and by Pr. Mehdi Azaiez (for IQSA). We invite you to view the IQSA Program Book for participant bios, abstracts, a schedule of events, and more details.


The meeting will focus on the following three areas:

  1. Epistemology: The Place of the Qurʾanic Studies in Islamic sciences
  2. Methods and Tools (Presuppositions, Applications and Purposes)
  • Classical
  • Contemporary
  1. Themes and Interpretations: Qurʾanic polemics
  • Classical
  • Contemporary

Opportunities to present at the conference are at this time closed, but observers are encouraged to attend the sessions at their convenience. Please arrive early if you intend to sit in on panels and presentations. See the Final Program for details, and find a message from the IQSA Board of Directors below:

Dear friends,

The International Qur’anic Studies Association is dedicated to fostering Qurʾanic scholarship. As a learned society, IQSA: assists scholars of the Qurʾan to form contacts and develop fruitful professional and personal relationships; sponsors rigorous academic scholarship on the Qurʾan through its lectures, journal articles, book reviews, monograph series, and online resources; builds bridges between scholars around the world. After successfully holding its 2015 International Meeting in UIN Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, IQSA is proud to hold its 2017 International Meeting at Beït Al-Hikma, Carthage, Tunisia. This partnership is extremely valuable to us, as IQSA’s goal is to build bridges between scholars around the world.

As a learned society, IQSA is shaped by the contributions and insights of its members. We are eager to draw together a diverse community of students and scholars of the Qurʾan and look forward to working together to promote the field of Qurʾanic Studies. Please visit IQSAWEB.ORG for more information; and consider submitting an English or Arabic manuscript to the IQSA book series, Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (JIQSA) or writing a review for the Review of Qur’anic Studies (RQR). Finally, we thank Beït Al-Hikma for their hospitality, friendship and professionalism.

We hope to see you again at IQSA 2017 in Boston.

-Board of Directors


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IQSA Job Vacancy: Copy Editor

The International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA), a non-profit organization, seeks a copyeditor for freelance contract work on its three scholarly publication projects: JIQSA (annual journal), ISIQ (monograph series), RQR (monthly review of books). This is a deadline-driven position with overlapping seasonal workflows where diverse specialized texts require detailed technical editing in short turnaround times. Work is remote-desk and may be performed from any geographical location in the United States. This is a great opportunity for someone who enjoys high-performance work and is looking to join a collaborative team of scholars in a dynamic professional field.

Position will report directly to Head Editor of JIQSA, but will also collaborate with other members of IQSA’s editorial and executive teams as appropriate.

Position open until filled.


  • check texts to ensure they are well written and logically structured
  • correct grammar and spelling
  • check illustrations and captions
  • ensure texts conform to JIQSA Style Guide
  • check facts and raise queries with Head Editor
  • look out for potential legal problems and discuss them with the Head Editor
  • other duties as assigned


  • Education: B.A. in English, journalism, Near Eastern languages, or other relevant field in the liberal arts, humanities or social sciences
  • excellent written English, including proper spelling and grammar
  • working knowledge of classical Arabic and relevant systems of transliteration
  • a meticulous approach to texts and an eye for detail
  • the ability to maintain high-quality work while meeting tight deadlines
  • strong concentration and ability to focus on texts that may be lengthy and highly technical
  • clear judgement in applying house style
  • the ability to retain authors’ voices after editing
  • excellent collaboration skills


  • M.A. or graduate study in relevant field
  • specialist interest in Qur’anic Studies or related disciplines
  • working knowledge of additional foreign languages (esp. Persian, Hebrew, Syriac, Greek, German, or French)


  • Contract may be negotiated as hourly or by project; rate commensurate with qualifications and experience
  • Free access to IQSA member benefits

Interested candidates should submit resume/CV and cover letter to



Advertising with IQSA

The International Qur’anic Studies Association is now extending advertising opportunities for interested publishers! See below for new print and online advertising offerings.

  1. Advertise in the Annual Meeting Program Book – Every year the International Qur’anic Studies Association holds an Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religion, attracting a wide audience in the scholarly community from across the nation. The accompanying Program Book published by IQSA is read by hundreds at the Annual Meeting and thousands around the world, providing a critical platform for relevant businesses market their publications and services. Email to reserve an advertising space today!
  2. Advertise in Print – IQSA provides advertising space in three of its flagship publications: the Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (JIQSA), the monthly Review of Qur’anic Research, and the forthcoming monograph series IQSA Studies in the Qur’an (ISIQ). Email for details.
  3. Advertise Online – While IQSA does not currently hold a a physical headquarters, its website serves as the central meeting point and face of the organization visited by hundreds of members and non-members every day. Email to inquire about advertising with us online via
  4. Send an Email to IQSA Members – IQSA will send emails on behalf of publishers and other advertisers of interest to our members. The publisher/advertiser is responsible for composing the email. Please contact the Executive Office at for more information.

How to Register for the 2017 Annual Meeting: Step by Step Instructions

Registration is NOW OPEN for the IQSA Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the SBL/AAR Annual Meetings in Boston, Massachusetts from November 17-20, 2017. You can save on the registration fee by joining IQSA and registering for the Annual Meetings as an Affiliate Member! Go HERE for Step by Step Instructions on Joining IQSA. Scroll down for Step by Strep Instructions on registering for the Annual Meeting.

Step 1: Open a web browser and go to SBL’s Meetings and Events page. Select “Register for the Annual Meeting” under the “Registration and Housing” heading.


Step 2: Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “New Registration” under the “Affiliate Members” heading.


Step 3: Click “New Registration.”

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Step 4: Fill in your Last Name and Email address (there is no identifier code for IQSA members). Click “Continue.”


Step 5: Select “International Qur’anic Studies Organization” from the drop-down menu and fill in the rest of the required fields. Click “Continue.”


Step 6: Select your Child Care, Visa Letter, and Program Book preferences and fill in your disability accommodations and emergency contact information. Click “Continue.”


Step 7: Complete your preferences for events, tours, environmental options, and luncheons (noting the extra charge per item). Click “Continue.”


Step 8: Select your housing and accommodation preferences and click “Continue.”


Step 9: Fill in your arrival and departure dates, occupancy, special requests, and payment information. IQSA events will take place from November 17-20. Click “Continue.”


Step 10: Choose if you will be registering as a guest, noting the additional price. Click “Continue.”


Step 11: Complete method of payment information, noting the Terms and Conditions and Cancellation Policy. Click “Make Payment.”


Step 12: Print or email the confirmation and receipt/invoice for your own records, following the instructions in the dialog boxes.


You are now finished registering for the IQSA Annual Meeting! We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Please email for any questions or concerns.


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How to Join IQSA: Step by Step Instructions

You’ve decided to join the International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA), the first learned society dedicated to the critical investigation of the Qur’an! Follow these step by step instructions referring to the screenshots to register as a member. If you encounter problems, please email us at

Step 1: Open a broswer and go to IQSA’s homepage at Click on Join Us.


Step 2. Click Join IQSA on the membership page.


Step 3: Choose your corresponding membership level and click “next.”


Step 4: Enter a valid email address that you check regularly and click “next.”

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Step 5: Fill out the required contact information and scroll down.

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Step 6: Select your areas of interest and click “next.”


Step 7: Select your payment method and proceed with the online form. Once you have completed and submitted the membership form you will receive an email confirming your registration that contains your password.

Step 8: Congratulations, you’re now an IQSA member! Your membership will expire in one year, upon which you will be prompted to renew your payment and update your contact information.

To renew or edit your membership, sign in to your member account, click the “Join IQSA” tab, and select “Edit your member profile” at the bottom of the page.

To stay informed, follow IQSA via, the weekly Blog, Facebook, and Twitter. Also join the IQSA discussion group by sending an email to

Please email with any questions or concerns, and welcome to IQSA!


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