IQSA Annual Meeting Recordings

The International Qur’anic Studies Association’s 2021 Annual Meeting held online in San Antonio, Texas concluded last week, marking IQSA’s 15th conference held in conjunction with the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion. The 2021 Annual Meeting was the first of its kind—a hybrid conference with both in person and virtual attendees in response to the continued Covid-19 health situation.


All recorded sessions as participant permission allows will be available on-demand through January 31, 2022 to registered attendees. These recordings are available through the mobile app and online planner. If you missed a session, or want to rewatch a panel or presentation, be sure to do so before the videos expire!

In addition, find the conference schedule, abstracts, bios, and IQSA’s Annual Reports in the 2021 IQSA Program Book. IQSA is grateful for its sponsors whose support make the organization’s programming possible!

Finally, IQSA would love to see pictures or screenshots from this year’s events! Please send or share images to, or tag @iqsaweb and use #IQSA21 on social media.

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View the 2021 IQSA Annual Meeting Program Book!

The 2021 IQSA Annual Meeting is just 4 days away! Find all the IQSA sessions, meetings, messages from sponsors, and events in the 2021 Program Book, now available online at this link

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In addition, don’t forget to prepare for the meeting ahead of time!

  • Have you downloaded the Virtual Meetings planner yet? If not, please follow the instructions here.
  • Don’t want to download the app, but would prefer to use your desktop? Please go here.
  • To log into the planner you’ll need the last name used with your registration and your reference number.
  • Whether you’re attending in person or virtually, IQSA wants to see your photos and hear your thoughts! Use #IQSA21 and tag @iqsaweb 

Questions? Email We look forward to seeing you at IQSA’s 15th Annual Meeting!

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Virtual Tools: IQSA Annual Meeting 2021

IQSA looks forward to gathering next week both in person and virtually to convene its 15th Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion. For those participants joining us virtually, please find important information about online tools and technical support below:

The mobile app and online planner are now available!


Using the mobile app or interactive web version of the virtual planner will allow you to easily access event sessions, speakers, exhibitors, and organizer messages for the 2021 IQSA Annual Meeting. Download the native app to personalize your schedule, take notes, share contacts, and more! To log into the Virtual Annual Meetings Platform, you will use your registration Reference Number as your username, and your last name as your password.

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Information and instructions for specific meeting roles:

Need technical assistance? Contact the help desks at or In addition, find FAQs regarding the Annual Meeting platforms here.

Find the full IQSA schedule of events and reports on the IQSA Annual Meeting Program Book & Annual Report.

We look forward to see you on screen or in person next week!

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RSVP to IQSA’s 2021 Annual Meeting General Reception!

Denver_MeetingSignThe 2021 IQSA Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion in San Antonio, Texas from November 19–22 is only one week away! One of the highlights of the IQSA Annual Meeting is its General Reception following the Presidential Address, an opportunity for IQSA members convene over food and drink in a causal setting.

This year’s General Reception will be held in person on Friday, November 19th from 8:00 – 10:00pm offsite. If you are registered for the Annual Meeting and plan on attending the General Reception, please RSVP here. Location and other details will be sent to all registrants via email.

Questions? Email

We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting!

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New Publication: Solomon and the Ant (Wipf and Stock, 2021)

IQSA Member and Professor Emertius at the University of Saint Thomas, David Penchansky, has recently published a book in the field with Wipf and Stock, Solomon and the Ant (2021). 

antSolomon and the Ant, using the Bible as a dialogue partner, examines stories from the Qur’an, their drama, characters, and meaning. Although some qur’anic stories have close biblical parallels, here Penchansky examines stories without biblical precursors. Qur’anic narratives in dialogue with biblical texts enhance understanding. Penchansky chooses biblical stories that address similar questions about the nature of God and God’s interaction with people.

Former IQSA Executive Director, Emran El-Badawi (University of Houston), comments “his is a conversation between the Qur’an and the Bible as serious as it is simple. Applying a wealth of scholarly experience, Penchansky engages the holy texts both thematically and thoughtfully. Using his mastery of post-biblical and Islamic traditions, the author ensures a robust discussion about how readers wrestle with God through the stories of Scripture.”

Find purchasing options for this book in a variety of formats at


About the Author
penchanskyDr. David Penchansky is Professor Emeritus from the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he taught for 29 years.  While earning a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Vanderbilt University (1988) he taught in Missouri and Kentucky.  Then took a position in the Theology Department at the University of St. Thomas in 1989.  He has written  about the Bible, and now also the Qur’an from the perspective of a literary critic, attending to characterization, plot, theme, and especially gaps and fissures in a text, omissions and ambiguities.  He approaches the Qur’an as a sympathetic outsider, respectful though critical.

He continues to teach in community venues, churches, the Selim Center (lifelong learning for seniors), assisted living facilities, as well as a course a year for the University.  He has only begun his exploration of Qur’anic narratives.  Solomon and the Ant is the first product of his research. He is active in Islamic-Christian dialogues both locally and on a national level.


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Review of Qur’anic Research, Vol. 7 no. 7 (2021) 

pageHeaderLogoImage_en_USIn In the latest installment of the Review of Qur’anic Research (Vol. 7, no.7), Devin J. Stewart (Emory University) reviews Sarah R. bin Tyeer’s The Qur’an and the Aesthetics of Premodern Arabic Prose (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

proseIn the review, Stewart writes “I have attended several presentations by Islamic art historians in which they purported to present an Islamic theory of aesthetics that drew on the Qurʾān. These talks were characterized by sweeping generalizations about the qurʾānic text, an appalling absence of concrete examples, and great leaps from the text to rather vague aesthetic principles. In contrast, Sarah R. bin Tyeer, writing from the perspective of comparative literature, has produced an antidote of sorts: a good-faith effort to detect a theory of aesthetics in the Qurʾān and to apply it to concrete examples of Arabic literature. In this complex book the author adopts a bold approach, shows a willingness to take some risks, and undertakes a lively engagement with the material, and these merits more than make up for a few technical issues and some heavy-handed opinionating…

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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New Publication: ‘Mary in the Qur’an—Friend of God, Virgin, Mother’

Mary-in-Quran-cover-682x1024An entire surah of the Qurʾan bears her name. She is the only woman mentioned by name in the Qurʾan. After Moses, Abraham, and Noah, Mary is also the person most frequently named in the Qurʾan; in other words, her name appears more frequently than those of either Muhammad or Jesus. She is portrayed in the Qurʾan with great respect and reverence, both as the mother of Jesus and as the equal of the male prophets who are found in its pages. The history of Islam is also replete with examples of Mary being seen in a positive light. From the earliest times to the present day, Mary has continued to be held in high regard by Christians and Muslims alike. Thus, one would think that Mary would be a bridging figure to promote dialogue between these two world religions, but in fact she has been the cause of much rancour and tension. She has even been turned into a protagonist for imperialist policies and something like a goddess of war.

Forthcoming from Gingko Library, this groundbreaking study by Muna Tatari and Klaus von Stosch painstakingly reconstructs the picture of Mary that is presented in the Qurʾan and shows how veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Roman Catholic Church intersects and interacts with the testimony of the Qurʾan. This sensitive and scholarly treatise is an important contribution to constructive interfaith dialogue in the 21st century.

Preorder this book now at!

About the Authors
Muna Tatari read Islamic Studies and Theology at the universities of Hamburg and Amman. She is currently Professor of Islamic Systematic Theology at the University of Paderborn.

Klaus von Stosch is Professor of Catholic Theology and Didactics and Chair of the Centre for Comparative Theology and Cultural Studies at the University of Paderborn.

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Member Benefits: IQSA Publications

Did you know that active membership in the International Qur’anic Studies Association comes with research benefits? IQSA members receive full access to periodicals featuring the latest research from experts in the field, including the Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (JIQSA) and the Review of Qur’anic ResearchPublications_Denver

The Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (JIQSA) is a peer-reviewed annual journal devoted to the scholarly study of the Qur’an. Its goals are to

  • publish scholarship of high technical quality on the Qur’an, discussing its historical context; its relationship to other religious text traditions; and its literary, material, and cultural reception;
  • cultivate Qur’anic Studies as a growing field with a distinctive identity and focus, while acknowledging relevant linkages to the study of the Bible as well as the Islamic tradition, including tafsīr;
  • facilitate crucial conversations about the state of the field in Qur’anic Studies and the future of the discipline;
  • connect diverse scholarly communities from around the world on issues of common concern in the study of the Qur’an.

IQSA members have online access to all 5 volumes of JIQSA, including presidential addresses and responses from Annual Meetings. Read more about JIQSA, its’ submission process, and subscribe at this link!

In addition, IQSA members reeive access to the Review of Qur’anic Research (RQR), an online companion to the International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA). IQSA is committed to the advancement and dissemination of high quality scholarship on the Qur’an and to the facilitation of deeper understandings of the Qur’an through scholarly collaboration. RQR is an online resource that features reviews of cutting-edge scholarship in the field of qur’anic studies and allied fields.

IQSA members have full access to all 7 volumes of RQR, containing over 70 book reviews! Read more and login at this link.

Interested in access to these resources? Become an IQSA member at and start reading today!

IQSA On-Demand!

Screen Shot 2021-09-29 at 11.29.34 AMThe International Qur’anic Studies Association offers a variety of traditional resources to further its mission, including academic journals, book reviews, and collected works; but did you know that IQSA also has a collection of video content?

In the recent shift to digital scholarship, IQSA sponsored new series of virtual seminars to continue building bridges amongst scholars across the globe in Qur’anic Studies. Some examples include the IQSA Corona Qur’an Seminars, held in conjunction with the University of Notre Dame at the height of the pandemic, and the Qur’anic Studies in Indonesia series hosted jointly by IQSA and the Indonesian Qur’anic Studies Association (AIAT).

Interested? View these videos for free from the comfort of your home at, or on IQSA’s YouTube page!

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor | James A. Bellamy Professorship in Early Arabic Language or Literature, Textual Traditions, and Islamic Culture

lsaUniversity of Michigan-Ann Arbor | James A. Bellamy Professorship in Early Arabic Language or Literature, Textual Traditions, and Islamic Culture

Nov 1, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


The Department of Middle East Studies at the University of Michigan invites applications for the James A. Bellamy Professorship, with an anticipated start date of Fall 2023. We seek a professor or advanced associate professor with a substantial publication record in the fields of early Arabic language or literature, textual traditions and Islamic culture to fill the James A. Bellamy Professorship at the University of Michigan. The successful candidate is expected to teach a range of courses in Arabic and Islamic studies, from introductory undergraduate lecture courses through graduate seminars; to supervise doctoral dissertations; and to participate actively in the programs of the department as well as in area studies initiatives within a larger university community that encourages interdisciplinary efforts.

Application Instructions

Candidates must upload a letter of application, CV, statement of current and future research plans, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, diversity statement, evidence of teaching excellence, and names and email addresses of potential reviewers. Questions about the application or materials may be directed to Patrice Whitney ( Applications must be received by November 1, 2021 to be assured of consideration.

The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and members of minority groups are especially encouraged to apply. The University is supportive of the needs of dual career couples. All applications will be acknowledged.

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