JIQSA Volume 4 (2019) Now Available!

IQSA is proud to announce the official release of the Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association V.4 2019 (Lockwood Press) edited by Nicolai Sinai (Oxford University).


Volume four 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. To request that your institutional library subscribe to JIQSA, please present this form. Print subscriptions are also available for individual subscribers via THIS FORM.

ISSN 2474-8390 (Print)
2474-8420 (Online)

Subscription Rates:
Print and Online: US$70
Print only: US$40
Online only: US$40

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

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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.

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Table of Contents (Vol. 4, 2019)

  1. Farrin, Raymond K. “The Verse Numbering Systems of the Qurʾān: A Statistical and Literary Comparison.” JIQSA 4 (2019): 3-58.
  2. Tlili, Sarra. “Fa’ṣdaʿ bi-mā tuʾmar: A Motif-Based Study of Sūrat al-Ḥijr.” JIQSA 4 (2019): 59-84.
  3. Melchert, Christopher. “The Controversy over Reciting the Qurʾān with Tones (al‑qirāʾah bi’l‑alḥān).” JIQSA 4 (2019): 85-110.
  4. Christiansen, Johanne Louise. ““Their Prayer at the House Is Nothing but Whistling and Clapping of Hands” (Q al-Anfāl 8:35): Negotiating Processions in the Qurʾān.” JIQSA 4 (2019): 111-140.
  5. Rashwani, Samer. “Review Essay: Al-Ḥākim al-Jishumī and the History and Study of Muʿtazilī Exegesis.” JIQSA 4 (2019): 141-154.

The journal’s website, including additional information and contact details, can be found at http://lockwoodonlinejournals.com/index.php/jiqsa. For more information on theInternational Qur’anic Studies Association, please visit www.iqsaweb.org.


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New Publication: ‘Muhammad and the Empires of Faith’ by Sean Anthony

University of California Press has recently released a publication of interest to IQSA members and affiliates: Muhammad and the Empires of Faith: The Making of the Prophet of Islam by Sean Anthony (April 2020). 


Muhammad and the Empires of Faith, Sean W. Anthony demonstrates how critical readings of non-Muslim and Muslim sources in tandem can breathe new life into the historical study of Muhammad and how his message transformed the world. By placing these sources within the intellectual and cultural world of Late Antiquity, Anthony offers a fresh assessment of the earliest sources for Muhammad’s life, taking readers on a grand tour of the available evidence, and suggests what new insights stand to be gained from the techniques and methods pioneered by countless scholars over the decades in a variety of fields. Muhammad and the Empires of Faith offers both an authoritative introduction to the multilayered traditions surrounding the life of Muhammad and a compelling exploration of how these traditions interacted with the broader landscape of Late Antiquity.

Readers can find this item for purchase online in a variety of formats, or through institutional and public libraries.

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: University of California Press; First edition (April 21, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0520340418
ISBN-13: 978-0520340411

About the Author
Sean W. Anthony is Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Ohio State University and author of The Caliph and the Heretic: Ibn Saba and the Origins of Shiism and Crucifixion and Death as Spectacle: Umayyad Crucifixion in its Late Antique Context.


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Freiburg Conversations on Tafsir & Transregional Islamic Networks, Summer 2020

Freiburg conversations on tafsir and transregional Islamic networks, summer 2020

Hosted by Majid Daneshgar and Johanna Pink


Please register *HERE*. You will be sent an invitation to the Zoom meeting by email.
All sessions have a duration of 75 minutes including a discussant’s statement and a Q&A period. Please note that, in order to accommodate speakers and discussants from different continents, the starting time may vary.
Click here to download the programme (PDF)
July 1, 4pm CEST
Pieter Coppens, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: “Did print change everything? Jamal al-Din al-Qasimi’s (1866-1914) tafsir between local and transregional networks“
Discussant: Walid Saleh, University of Toronto
July 8, 10am CEST
Peter G. Riddell, Melbourne School of Theology: “Exegesis across cultures: Reconfiguring Arabic tafsir for Southeast Asian audiences”
Discussant: Nico Kaptein, Universiteit Leiden
July 15, 10am CEST
Majid Daneshgar, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg: “Persian Shi’ism in Malay-Indonesian Qur’anic Commentaries”
Discussant: Peter G. Riddell, Melbourne School of Theology
July 22, 4pm CEST
Nico Kaptein, Universiteit Leiden: “Ahmad Khatib al-Minangkabawi (1860-1916) and transregional networks”
Discussant: Amr Ryad, KU Leuven
July 29, 4pm CEST
Arnold Yasin Mol, Universiteit Leiden: “Thick Comparative Tafsīr Studies: A Case Study using Q.11:117″
Discussant: Pieter Coppens, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
August 5, 4pm CEST
Walid A. Saleh, University of Toronto: “Tafsir and royalty”
Discussant: Brett Wilson, Central European University Budapest/Vienna
August 12, 4pm CEST
Ahmed El Shamsy, University of Chicago: “Muslim and Orientalist reconstructions of the classical tafsir tradition in the age of print”
Discussant: Islam Dayeh, Freie Universität Berlin
August 19, 4pm CEST
Johanna Pink, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg: “Ibn Kathir, modern Salafism and the making of a global exegetical authority“
Discussant: Younus Mirza, Shenandoah University
August 26, 4pm CEST
Amr Ryad, KU Leuven: “Salafiyya and Ahmadiyya missionary work in interwar Europe“
Discussant: Rainer Brunner, CNRS, Paris
September 2, 5pm CEST
Ash Geissinger, Carleton University, Ottawa: “Authority, gender, and contemporary Muslim appropriations of classical Qur’an commentary”
Discussant: Karen Bauer, Institute of Ismaili Studies, London
September 9, 4pm CEST
Annabel Gallop, British Library: “Qur’an manuscripts from Southeast Asia with interlinear translations: influences and networks”
Discussant: Ervan Nurtawab, State Institute of Islamic Studies Metro, Lampung
September 12, 3pm CEST

Samuel Ross, Texas Christian University: “What Were the Most Popular Qur’an Commentaries in Islamic History? An Assessment of the Manuscript Record and the State of Tafsīr Studies“

Discussant: Ahmed El Shamsy, University of Chicago

* Text adopted from the University of Freiburg website.

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The Golden Calf between Bible and Qur’an

The Golden Calf between Bible and Qur’an: Scripture, Polemic, and Exegesis From Late Antiquity to Islam

Michael E. Pregill

Oxford Studies in the Abrahamic Religions

  • A compelling exploration of the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic understandings of the account of the Golden Calf
  • Contributes to the ongoing reevaluation of the relationship between Bible and Qur’an
  • The first major monograph on the story of the Golden Calf
  • The book also addresses the issue of Western approaches to the Qur’an, arguing that the historical reliance of scholars and translators on classical Muslim exegesis of scripture has led to misleading conclusions


This book explores the story of the Israelites’ worship of the Golden Calf in its Jewish, Christian, and Muslim contexts, from ancient Israel to the emergence of Islam. It focuses in particular on the Qur’an’s presentation of the narrative and its background in Jewish and Christian retellings of the episode from Late Antiquity. Across the centuries, the interpretation of the Calf episode underwent major changes reflecting the varying cultural, religious, and ideological contexts in which various communities used the story to legitimate their own tradition, challenge the claims of others, and delineate the boundaries between self and other. The book contributes to the ongoing reevaluation of the relationship between Bible and Qur’an, arguing for the necessity of understanding the Qur’an and Islamic interpretations of the history and narratives of ancient Israel as part of the broader biblical tradition. The Calf narrative in the Qur’an, central to the qur’anic conception of the legacy of Israel and the status of the Jews of its own time, reflects a profound engagement with the biblical account in Exodus, as well as being informed by exegetical and parascriptural traditions in circulation in the Qur’an’s milieu in Late Antiquity. The book also addresses the issue of Western approaches to the Qur’an, arguing that the historical reliance of scholars and translators on classical Muslim exegesis of scripture has led to misleading conclusions about the meaning of qur’anic episodes.

* Text adopted from the Oxford University Press product page.

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Review of Qur’anic Research, Vol. 6 no. 5 (2020)


In the latest installment of the Review of Qur’anic Research (Vol. 6, no.5),  Juliane Hammer (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) reviews Communities of the Qur’an: Dialogue, Debate, and Diversity in the 21st Century edited by Emran El-Badawi and Paula Sanders (London: Oneworld, 2020). 

CommunitiesIn her review, Hammer writes “When I first saw the title of the book under review here, ‘Communities of the Qur’an,’ I was excited. In the field of qurʾānic studies, there has been a decades-long (if not longer) focus on the qurʾānic text itself, on its origins and history, its linguistic and literary qualities, but rather much silence about the people who engage with it. This volume, edited by Emran El-Badawi and Paula Sanders, aims to change that by bringing together scholars who, in complex ways, write about and often also represent communities of the Qurʾān that the editors selected based on a thoughtful process. The result is a collection of essays, ten plus the introduction by the editors, rounded out with a foreword by Reza Aslan, and an afterword by Reuven Firestone…”

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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User Feedback: IQSA Video Series

Last week marked the final installment in the IQSA Zoom video series designed to bring scholars and students of the Qur’an together at a time when many are in social isolation. These seminars were part of IQSA’s larger mission to advance “cutting edge, intellectually rigorous, academic research on the Qurʾan” and to be “a bridge between different global communities of Qurʾanic scholarship.”

These free online lectures given by leading scholars in the field were met with an overwhelming positive response, encouraging conversation amongst scholars and expanding IQSA’s community and membership worldwide. You can view recordings of all seven lectures at https://iqsaweb.wordpress.com/videos/ or on IQSA’s YouTube channel.

As the #IQSAZoom series comes to a close, we want to hear from you regarding your experience and suggestions for future resources as we continue to engage in learning and researching from a distance. Please take a moment to complete this brief survey to share your feedback on IQSA’s engagement with online resources. We look forward to hearing from you!

Corovavirus Health Alert Updates (May 2020)

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As communities across the world feel the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic (Covid-19), we are mindful of the lives affected. It is during such extraordinary times of uncertainty that we remind you all, the International Qur’anic Studies Association is a community of scholars and friends. IQSA remains committed to its Mission and Vision, including fostering qur’anic scholarship, and holding regular meetings for scholars of the Qur’an. Ongoing health concerns and travel restrictions continue to pose challenges.

The Board is currently exploring the possibility of hosting online paper presentations alongside a much smaller in person Annual Meeting in Boston in November, 2020. The Board is in close contact with its affiliate, the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and will explore all options to ensure a successful annual conference.

The presentation and discussion of members’ research during the year, accepted through a rigorous review by program units, is a core IQSA member service. We are aware that travel will be difficult or impossible for many members this year. We are committed to providing a venue for scholarly exchange so that every paper accepted has an opportunity for presentation.

Registration for the Annual Meeting is now open through the SBL website, and you can read a statement regarding this from SBL, including the provision that the registration fee is fully refundable.

The IQSA Board will continue inform our members of the path ahead at the earliest possibility.

We recognize that the circumstances could change between now and November, and we will advise membership on changes that may be necessary. If at all possible, please ensure to keep your IQSA membership up to date as well – we need your support in these trying times.

Dr. Asma Hilali, President
Dr. Mehdi Azaiez
Dr. Karen Bauer
Dr. Shari Lowin
Dr. Johanna Pink
Dr. Devin Stewart
Dr. Sarra Tlili
Dr. Holger Zellentin, Chair
Dr. Suleman Dost, Secretary
Dr. Emran El-Badawi, Executive Director, Treasurer

Nouvelle publication: Le Coran des historiens

Le Coran des historiens


Première mondiale, ce monument savant et accessible, qui réunit trente spécialistes internationaux, offre, en trois mille pages, une synthèse complète et critique des travaux passés et des recherches présentes sur les origines du Coran, sa formation et son apparition, sa composition et sa canonisation : vingt études exhaustives sur le contexte introduisent ici à l’analyse circonstanciée du texte, les éléments archéologiques et épigraphiques, les environnements géographiques et linguistiques, les faits ethnologiques et politiques, les parallèles religieux éclairant, verset après verset, en un commentaire total les cent quatorze sourates du livre fondateur de l’islam.


Une aventure inédite de l’esprit.


Une somme sans précédent dans l’histoire.


Une contribution majeure à la science.


Une avancée décisive pour la compréhension mutuelle des cultures.


* Text adopted from the Les éditions du cerf product page.

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IQSA Zoom Seminar #6 Ahmad al-Jallad, “Pre-Islamic Arabic Inscriptions and Qur’anic Orthographies”

Screen Shot 2020-05-14 at 2.34.42 PMCheck out the sixth installment in the series of IQSA Corona Qur’an Seminars on Zoom (#IQSAZoom), in which Ahmad al-Jallad (Ohio State University) presents on “Pre-Islamic Arabic inscriptions and Qur’anic orthographies.” Read more about these free resources at https://iqsaweb.wordpress.com/videos/, and don’t forget to continue the discussion on social media by using the hashtag #IQSAZoom! Seminars are open to the public and all are welcome to join the meetings.

To support this project, join IQSA or renew your membership at members.iqsaweb.org, or make a donation online at https://iqsaweb.wordpress.com/members….

Want to see more? Tune in next week on May 21 for Robert Hoyland’s presentation on “Arabi and A’jami in the Qur’an: The Language of Revelation in Muhammad’s Hijaz.” Registration is free at https://tinyurl.com/coronaquran

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History of Muslim-Christian Dialogue: A five-week intensive summer course


Online Summer Program

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History of Muslim-Christian Dialogue:  A five-week intensive summer course for 3 credit hours


Dr Ida Glaser (Director, CMCS Houston), Dr Charles Ramsey​, (Baylor University History Faculty) Dr Martin Whittingham (Director, CMCS Oxford)

Specialist lectures from Dr Rana Abu-Mounes (CMCS Oxford), Dr David Coffey (CMCS Houston), Dr David Cook (Rice University, Houston), Dr Abdul-Massih Saadi (Baylor University) and Dr Ghulam Zarquani (Hijaz Muslim College, Houston)


Dates:  6/2/20-7/7/20

This intensive course will introduce students to the long history of Christians and Muslims writing about each other and discussing with each other, using both focused study of primary sources and broader readings and lectures on different historical periods.   The class will meet every morning Monday-Friday 1000-1130 CST.  On most Tuesdays and Fridays, 1030-1130 will offer opportunities for one-on-one and small group tutorials.  Students will be expected to give an average of at least 2 additional hours per day to further private study and preparation.  The course is suitable for graduate students with an academic interest in Muslim-Christian relations, and for final year undergraduate students majoring in history, or in the study of Islam or of Christianity.

If you wish to attend this course, submit this application form to receive further details.  

COST    Full fee: $1,000          Majority world students:  $400 

CMCS Houston has a limited number of full and half scholarships available.  Letters of application should be sent to  by May 18th.  You should include details of interest in and experience of Muslim-Christian relations, and of how attendance at the course is expected to enhance your scholarship and your future relationships.  You should also include a c.v. and contact details for an academic referee and a personal referee.


Post courtesy of Prof. Ida Glazer, Director, CMCS Houston

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