Annual Meeting Graduate Student Reception



Attention current students and recent graduates! IQSA is delighted to host a special reception for students at our Annual Meeting in Boston:

Date: Saturday November 18th OR Sunday November 19th (TBA)
Time: Lunch Reception (TBA)
Venue: TBA (Off-site)

This will be a valuable opportunity for emerging scholars to mingle with established experts in Qur’anic studies in a more relaxed setting–with light refreshments and finger food!

IQSA is committed to fostering community in Qur’anic studies by supporting students on their path to professional success and encouraging collaboration across generations, all of which are vital to the advancement of knowledge in our field.

If you are planning to attend the Annual Meeting in Boston, please consider attending the Student Reception. We ask that you please RSVP to IQSA at

We hope to see you there!

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Urgent: New US Visa Restrictions before Nov 17 Boston Meeting

Dear Members of the International Qur’an Studies Association,

In advance of the 2017 Annual Meeting in Boston one month from today (November 17, 2017), certain dual US citizens and non-US citizens should note the urgent advice below. If you have not already you need to apply for a visa to enter the United States through the new Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) system.

Speakers at the Annual Meeting of SBL, AAR, and IQSA who do not hold a US passport and intend to travel as part of the Visa Waiver Program should note the following:

  1. According to current US Government advice, dual nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen are not anymore considered eligible to take part in the Visa Waiver Program even if they hold a first or second passport by a country that is part of the Visa Waiver Program.
  2. Furthermore, and this may be much less well known, anyone who has merely travelled to one of the above-mentioned countries after 1 March 2011 is also considered ineligible to take part in the Visa Waiver Program even if he/she does not hold dual nationality. An ESTA application submitted is likely to be declined.

(On both points, see e.g.,

Thus, any speaker to whom (1) or (2) applies will need to submit a full visa application in order to travel to the Annual Meeting. This is a complex, costly, and time-consuming process that ought to be commenced immediately in order to ensure that travel to the US will be possible in November.

Finally, it is advised that those already granted permission before the new ESTA regulations re-apply immediately. We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause you. IQSA is doing everything it can to help its members and ensure a safe and fruitful meeting in Boston. Should you have any further questions please write

Emran El-Badawi, Executive Director, International Qur’anic Studies Association

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Review of Qur’anic Research, Vol. 3 no.9 (2017)

In the latest installment of the Review of Qur’anic Research (Vol. 3 no.9), Peter G. Riddell (Melbourne School of Theology) reviews Eloïse Brac de la Perrière and Monique Buresi’s Le Coran de Gwalior: Polysémie d’un manuscrit à peintures (Paris: Éditions de Boccard, 2016.).


“One of the most significant military success of Tamerlane occurred on 17 December 1398, when he sacked and plundered Delhi, the heart of the Sultanate of Delhi under the Tughluq dynasty. It was in such turbulent times that the Gwalior Qurʾān was produced at the fortress of Gwalior on 11 July 1399, according to its colophon. It is written in Bihari script, a variant of naskh that was prevalent in northern India between the period of Tamerlane and the establishment of the Mughal Dynasty. The MS colophon makes mention of a certain Muḥammad Shaʿbān, who probably supervised production of the manuscript…”

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Ṭanṭāwī Jawharī and the Qurʾān: Tafsīr and Social Concerns in the Twentieth Century

“Shaykh Ṭanṭāwī Jawharī was an Egyptian exegete known for having produced a scientific interpretation of the Qurʾān. A pioneering scholar in terms of familiarising the people of his time with many previously neglected matters regarding Islam and science, his publications shocked the Cairo educational system and other Muslim places of learning in the early twentieth century.


This book examines the intersection between Ṭanṭāwī Jawharī and Egyptian history and culture, and demonstrates that his approach to science in the Qurʾān was intimately connected to his social concerns. Divided into three parts, part one contains three chapters which each introduce different aspects of Ṭanṭāwī Jawharī himself. The second part explores the main aspects of his tafsīr, discussing his approach to science and the Qurʾān, and how he presented Europeans in his tafsīr, and then addressing the impact of his tafsīr on wider Muslim and non-Muslim society. The third section draws attention to the themes from all 114 sūras of the Qurʾān that are discussed within his commentary. It then analyses the current status of his views and the post-Jawharism perspective on science and the Qurʾān, both today and in an imaginary future, in 2154.

Providing new English translations of Ṭanṭāwī Jawharī’s work, the book delivers a comprehensive assessment of this unique figure, and emphasises the distinctive nature of his reading of the Qurʾān. The book will be a valuable resource for anyone studying modern Egypt, the Qurʾān, Islam and Science, and scientific interpretation and inimitability.”

Routledge: Taylor and Francis Group


Bibliographic Information:
Daneshgar, Majid. Ṭanṭāwī Jawharī and the Qurʼān: tafsīr and social concerns in the twentieth century. Abingdon: Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.

New Publication “The Qur’an: A Historical-Critical Introduction”

(Content courtesy of Edinburgh University Press)

The International Qur’anic Studies Association is pleased to announce the publication of The Qur’an: A Historical-Critical Introduction by member Nicolai Sinai (Chair of Programming Committee). Nicolai Sinai is Professor of Islamic Studies at the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, and a Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford. He has published on the Qur’an, on pre-modern and modern Islamic scriptural exegesis, and on the history of philosophy in the Islamic world.

“The Qur’an represents both Islam’s historical point of origin and its scriptural foundation, inaugurating a new religion and, ultimately, a new civilisation. Yet the text itself can be difficult to understand, and the scholarship devoted to it is often highly technical. This comprehensive introduction to the basic methods and current state of historical-critical Qur’anic scholarship covers all of the field’s major questions, such as: Where and when did the Qur’an emerge? How do Qur’anic surahs function as literary compositions? How do the Qur’an’s main themes and ideas relate to and transform earlier Jewish and Christian traditions?” –Edinburgh University Press


Table of Contents


Part One: Background
1 Some basic features of the Qur’an
2 Muhammad and the Qur’an
3 The Qur’anic milieu

Part Two: Method
4 Literary coherence and secondary revision
5 Inner-Qur’anic chronology
6 Intertextuality

Part Three: A diachronic survey of the Qur’anic proclamations
7 The Meccan surahs
8 The Medinan surahs

ISBN Hardback: 9780748695768
Paperback: 9780748695775
eBook (PDF): 9780748695782
eBook (ePub): 9780748695799

Find this publication at your local library or for purchase online at Edinburgh University Press!

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Dr. Tauseef Ahmad Parray’s “Towards Understanding Some Qura’nic Terms, Concepts, and Themes”



Towards Understanding Some Qura’nic Terms, Concepts, and Themes provides an excellent opportunity to gain or renew acquaintance with the meaning and message of such a masterpiece as the Qur’an. It helps readers prepare better to understand the Islamic scripture. Dr. Parray has carefully assessed the needs and wants of English speaking readers. For his work provides a helpful overview of the contents of the Qur’an by way of having elucidated its main contours and rubrics. Dr. Parray’s elucidation of these rubrics helps readers realize at the very outset that the Qur’an is a special type of text which is to be approached in its own particular perspective. In a more helpful vein Dr. Parray has carefully identified some Key Terms and Basic Concepts of the Qur’an. This once again, provides readers with a kind of road map with clear, intelligible signs, guiding them to the kernel of the Qur’an. Equally beneficial is his account of eleven key Qura’nic terms on which hinges the Qura’nic discourse. Included amid these are Worship, Piety, and Knowledge in particular. For these serve as to shed light on Islamic tradition and the community which formed around it. His exposition of the major themes of the Qur’an is directed at familiarizing readers with the recurrent ideas embedded in the Qura’nic discourse. He identifies man-God and intra-social relationships as main concerns of the Qura’nic address to mankind. Of special interest are Dr. Parray’s discussions on such timely and immediately relevant issues as the ‘Shura-Democracy nexus’, ‘Religious Pluralism and its Scriptural Foundations’, and ‘Ijtihad’. These chapters are destined to provide much food for thought to readers, Muslims and non-Muslims alike. More importantly these bring out the relevance and timeliness of the Qura’nic message.


Note: This excerpt is from ‘Foreword’ (pp. 7-12), of the author’s recently published work, ‘Towards Understanding Some Qura’nic Terms, Concepts, and Themes’ (Karachi, Pakistan: Qirtas Publishers, June 2017); ISBN: 9789699540446; Pages: 296; Price: 340/- (Pakistani Rupees)


 About the Author: Dr Tauseef Ahmad Parray is presently working as Assistant Professor, Islamic Studies in Higher Education Department, Jammu & Kashmir (India). He completed his PhD from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India (2009-14), and Post-Doctorate from ‘Iqbal International Institute for Research & Dialogue’ (IRD), International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI), Pakistan (Mar-Aug’2014). From 2010, he has published in numerous reputed academic journals and magazines (of Islamic Studies and Social/ Political Science), from over a dozen countries around the world. His major areas of interest are: Islam and Democracy; Modern Islamic Political Thought; Islamic Modernist/ Reformist Thought in Contemporary South Asia; and Modern Trends & English Scholarship in Qura’nic Studies. Email:



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Review of Qur’anic Research, Vol. 3 no.8 (2017)

In the latest installment of the Review of Qur’anic Research (Vol. 3 no.8), Cecilia Palombo (Princeton University) reviews Andrew G. Bannister’s An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur’ān (Plymouth: Lexington Books, 2014).  


The relationship between “the oral” and “the written” is one of the most fertile and unresolved questions in the study of early Islam, and one that often remains latent even in different sets of research questions and debates—from the reliability of early historical accounts to the development of Islamic legal practices, to the study of “semi-literary” papyri, and others. Andrew Bannister’s An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur’ān has the merit of bringing that complex relationship into the focus of Qur’ānic studies by searching the Qur’ānic text itself for signs of oral diction. This fascinating book has the potential of reviving the debate regarding orality and literacy in the late antique Near East…”

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