Call for Papers: International Conference on Qur’anic Studies

The department of Qur’anic Studies at the Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies announces the call for papers for the 2020 International Conference on Qur’anic Studies to be held in Tehran, Iran from February 24-25, 2020.

cfpThe organizers welcome original work from scholars at any stage of their careers, including early career researchers and PhD students, relating to the following themes:

  • The Qur’an and its religious milieu;
  • The reception history of the Qur’an, from the beginnings to modern times;
  • Literary, historical-critical, and comparative approaches to the Qur’an;
  • The history of scholarship and methodological issues in Qur’anic studies;
  • Qur’anic manuscripts;

 Applicants are kindly asked to submit their abstracts to Dr. Ala Vahidnia at by November 15, 2019. The organizing committee will send notification of acceptance for abstracts on December 15, 2019.

The Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies will issue an official invitation for all participants who need to apply for their own visas individually. Papers may be presented in English or Arabic. 

Should you have any questions about the conference, please contact the conference director, Dr. Ala Vahidnia at


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Call for Papers: Beyond “Jewish-Muslim Relations”

From May 19-20, 2020, the Jewish-Muslim Research Network (JMRN) will host a conference at the University of Manchester entitled “Beyond ‘Jewish-Muslim Relations.”

Picture1The keynote speakers will be: Najwa al-Qattan (Loyola Marymount University), Seth Anziska (University College London), Yulia Egorova (Durham University), and Brian Klug (Oxford University)

Call for Papers: Beyond ‘Jewish-Muslim Relations’ invites scholars of Jewish and Muslim histories, cultures, politics, theologies and peoples to share comparative, transnational, and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of these topics as they relate to and come into contact with one another. Despite many theological and cultural similarities and frequent social proximity between Jews and Muslims, Jewish-Muslim relations in both contemporary societies and in diverse historical and geographic settings are often depicted in polarized binary terms. This conference aims to understand interactions and relations between Jews and Muslims in a wide variety of contexts beyond this binary. We encourage papers which offer innovative theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions to the study of these topics, and in particular seek papers which adopt a critical approach to the terminology of ‘Jewish-Muslim relations,’ which might itself inadvertently invoke binary, possibly predetermined relations between Jews and Muslims qua Jews and Muslims, often within historical and socio-political frameworks that have reified categories of Jews, Muslims, and inter-ethnic/-religious relations.

We welcome papers on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Historical cases of interaction between Jews and Muslims
  • Representations and self-representations of Jews and Muslims
  • Jewish and Muslim interfaith activism/dialogue
  • Religion, tradition, secularism and innovation
  • Antisemitism and Islamophobia
  • Islamic and Jewish polemic and intellectual cross-fertilisation
  • Critical theory and Jewish-Muslim relations
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Jews and Muslims in the arts, literature and media
  • Multilingualism, translation and transnationalism


Paper proposals should include abstracts of 250 words and a speaker biography of no more than 100 words. Speakers are allocated 20 minutes to present and 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Please address all proposals and queries to the organizers (Adi Bharat and Katharine Halls) at

Deadline for submissions: December 1, 2019


The Jewish-Muslim Research Network (JMRN) is an interdisciplinary and international initiative bringing together researchers studying Jews, Muslims, Judaism, and Islam in various time periods and regions. JMRN aims to be a collaborative forum which stimulates productive discussion on a wide range of topics regarding Jews, Muslims, and their relations/interactions.


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Call for Papers: Sharḥ, Tafsīr, and Ḥāshiya, University of Zurich

zurichThe University of Zurich will host Sharḥ, Tafsīr, and Ḥāshiya,  a workshop on the form, function, and context of pre-modern commentary writing in Arabic, on June 15-16, 2020.

About the workshop: The pre-modern Arabic literary landscape is full of commentaries, meta-commentaries, and auto-commentaries of various shapes and sizes, such that commentary-writing indisputably stood as one of the main forms of scholarly textual output over the centuries. Some features of this tradition have received their fair share of attention; others remain yet to be explored. While the importance of, for example, Quranic or philosophical commentary as a source for Muslim intellectual history has been recognised in the last decades, commentaries in most other fields are often mentioned only for the purpose of demonstrating the popularity of the text commented upon. Questions relating to why commentaries were composed in the first place, in what institutional settings, according to what conventions and with what techniques remain generally under-explored.  This workshop will focus on two principal aspects of the study of commentary and commentating practices: (1.) the techniques of commentary-writing; and (2.) its audience and reception. In the first area, we are interested in the interaction and connections between text and commentary.  This could be summarised with the simple question, “how does commentary work?”. In the second, we encourage papers that give consideration to readers and likely readerships of commentaries, either by studying the para-texts of commentaries (e.g. marginalia etc.) or sociologically, by looking at groups of readers, and owners of manuscripts. This could be summarised with the question, “how was commentary used?”.

We invite papers dealing with commentaries written in Arabic any time before roughly the 15th century, belonging to any genre (philosophy, theology, literature, medicine, sciences, etc.). Possible questions to be dealt with may include (but are not limited to):

  • How does a commentary work? Which elements of a text receive what kind of attention, which parts are not commentated upon? What kinds of relationship exist between the text and the commentary?
  • What is considered a good commentary, a bad commentary?
  • Why was it ever important to write a commentary? Are there different kinds of motivation that lead to different kinds of commentary?
  • Who wrote commentaries and when? Is commentary writing something a beginner does or rather the opposite? Do people write different kinds of commentaries at different stages in their careers?
  • Who are the intended readers and audiences?
  • Who really commissioned, read, owned, or taught a commentary? Where were they composed?
  • How are commentaries presented in their manuscripts? How is the link between the base-text and the commentary established, both linguistically and at the level of layout?
  • Why are there so many “auto-commentaries”, i.e. commentaries written by the author of the commented work?


Please send a 400-word abstract to and no later than August 31, 2019.  We welcome contributions in English, French or German.

The selected participants will be notified by October 30, 2019.

Accommodation in Zurich will be provided.  We will probably also be able to cover travel costs, but please try to obtain funding for travel from your home institution in the first instance.

Dr. James Weaver, University of Zurich
Prof. Dr. Regula Forster, Freie Universität Berlin/University of Zurich


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Call for Papers: Sacred Troubling Topics–Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and Qur’an

information-page-quran-318451CFP: This proposed collection has already reached the stage of publisher commitment and has many contribution commitments in hand. However Qur’anic Studies contributions are still being solicited.

Contact for questions, thoughts, proposals: Roberta Sabbath, University of Nevada, Las Vegas,

Chapter Abstract and C.V. Due: June 15
Paper Due: September 1
Length: 8-10,000 words

Title: Sacred Troubling Topics: Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and Qur’an


The production of sacred texts stems from multiple histories, contexts, and receptions. The synergy amongst these three organic dimensions produces collective identities that seek meaning, validation, and vindication. The Hebrew Bible or Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur’an, are case in point. For the first time, scholars not only excavate these works for their formative and continuing cultural impact on communities, identities, and belief systems. Here, scholars select some of the most troubling topics that global communities continue to negotiate. Cultural Studies, as developed in the twentieth century and now in the hands of twenty-first century authors, provides tools that identify, in texts and their reception, dynamic collective ideals, behaviors, and ethics.

Our scholars utilize a polymorphous range of analytic tools to examine cultural practices from ancient times to the present day grouped into six clusters: Gender and Sexuality, Body and Appearance, Women and Feminism, Death and Mourning, Life and Humour, and Crime and Disobedience.  Scholarly readings tear away centuries of traditions, exegesis, simplistic binaries, and institutional doctrine that have ossified these works into artefacts. The strategy reveals amazingly porous texts open, even inviting, to a multiplicity of interpretations. The analysis forces us to reconfigure our vision of these works as forever unchanging commentary, established clarity, and comforting certitude. The exegesis thrusts us into the position of judge and jury. The commentary proves that their sometimes veiled, even hidden, but eternally powerful rhetoric can both destroy and build, exclude and include, and serve as the ultimate justification for cruelty or compassion. These Abrahamic scriptures are the ultimate pharmakon that can both kill and cure.


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New Book Project from Gorgias Press: Library of Arabic and Islamic Heritage


Classical Islamic Texts Series

Call For Book Submissions

Gorgias Press and The King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS) are delighted to announce the launch of an important new academic book project: the Library of Arabic and Islamic Heritage مكتبة التراث العربي والاسلامي. The project will make available to academics, independent scholars and research institutes a diverse range of classical Arabic texts that continue to play a central role in the rich and vast development of Islamic thought and culture.

The first series of publications to emerge from the Library of Arabic and Islamic Heritage will be ten Arabic-English translations housed in the new Classical Islamic Texts Series (CITS). The series will make available the single-volume translations of renowned classical Arabic works, showcasing texts that are of central importance to the fields of Qurʾānic studies, Islamic law, Ḥadīth, Theology, History, and Philosophy. Proposed texts can be important short treatises, a compilation of several thematically-related treatises or a key section from a larger compendium. Each proposal should be for a text that is or will be used as an important reference work.

Series Editorial Board

  • Michael Cook, Princeton University
  • Alba Fedeli, Universität Hamburg
  • Robert Gleave. University of Exeter
  • Linda Jones, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
  • Marcus Milwright, University of Victoria
  • Christian Robin, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
  • Saud al-Sarhan, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies
  • Isabel Toral-Niehoff, Freie Universität Berlin  

Submit a Proposal

Interested specialists are invited to send their submissions via email to the series manager, Adam Walker ( The following information should be included:

  • Description of the book, including: (1) title and author, (2) broad description of the text, (3) the manuscript(s)/edition(s) that will form the basis of the translation, (4) why the book is important, and (5) a timetable for the translation’s completion
  • Updated CV
  • Sample of previous translation work

The series is interested in important single-volume classical works that would serve as essential reading and reference texts for specialists in the field. The Arabic text will sit side-by-side with the English translation and be typeset in the Amīrī Font, a classical Arabic typeface in the Naskh style. The English text will be typeset in Gorgias Press’ bespoke font, Gorgias Garamond.

Project Support

  • Substantial grant for each translator
  • Subvention grant to reduce retail price of books
  • Free professional copyediting

Statements from Gorgias Press & KFCRIS

Dr Saud al-Sarhan, Secretary General of KFCRIS, said:

“We are very proud to be able to launch the Library of Islamic and Arabic Heritage in partnership with Gorgias Press. I see a great deal of potential in this project, which I hope can further help us in serving our role of providing a platform for researchers and academics to gain valuable insight on Islamic thought and culture.”

“Our partnership with Gorgias Press will help us grant access to a wide range of classical Arabic texts to academics and researchers across the world, further enriching scholarly discussions on the role of the classical Islamic world.”

Dr George Kiraz, Editor-in-Chief of Gorgias Press, said:

‘‘It gives us great pleasure to launch the Library of Islamic and Arabic Heritage in partnership with the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies. This is an exciting project and will help us to further our commitment to the field of Islamic studies and realise our core motto of ‘Publishing for the Sake of Knowledge’.

‘‘With the expertise and support of KFCRIS, these books will not only showcase a phenomenal range of texts, but also make them easily accessible to students and lecturers alike. I am certain that these books, once published, will enrich the field of Islamic studies. Now the hard work begins!’’

Text and image accessed and reproduced with kind permission of Gorgias Press:

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Results: IQSA International Meeting Accepted Presenters

The International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) is happy to announce the accepted presenters for its third biennial conference from July 25-26, 2019, hosted by the Tangier Global Forum of the University of New England, Tangier, Morocco. This year’s Call for Papers brought in hundreds of submissions, and the International Programming Committee had the daunting task of selecting the top 35 papers from a very strong pool of applicants.

The finalists chosen to present at the 2019 IQSA International Meeting are as follows:

1.     Amidu O. Sanni – Contestations on “Errors” in Consonantal Qur’an: a Rare Apologia from al-Bāqillānī (d.403/1101) 

2.    Gulfishan Khan

3.     Juan Cole – The Eastern Roman-Sasanian War (603-629) as a Key Symbolic Context for the Qur’an

4.     Anne-Sylvie Boisliveau – “Le statut d’autorité attribué au Coran dans les milieux sunnites de l’âge d’or abbasside : l’exemple des témoignages rassemblés par Abû ‘Ubayd b. Sallâm (m. 224/838).”

5.     Gabriel S. Reynolds – Divine Pathos and Tawba in the Qur’an

6.     Devin J. Stewart – Notes on Generic Punishment Stories in the Qur’an

7.     Anissa eL Gargari -سريانية القرآن وقريانية محمد عند الفرنسي كلود جيليو

8.     Hamza Zafer – {Do you not see that Allah sends down one water from the sky and [yet] brings forth from it fruits of different colors?} (Q35.27) : The Rainwater Metaphor for Communal Difference and Ecumenism in the Quran’s Communitarian Texts.

9.     Michel Cuypers & Sami Larbes – L’analyse rhétorique de la sourate al-Anfāl (8)

10.  Marco Demichelis – Late Byzantine Christological debate and the Qur’ān. Arab Christian Miaphysitism and ‘Īsā ibn Maryam as bi-Rūh al-Quds

11.  Faycal Naim – المظاهر الفنية بالمخطوطات القرآنية المحفوظة بالجزائر – بين الطراز المغربي و الطراز العثماني

12.  Nadeen M. Alsulaimi – سورة الإنسان مكية أم مدنية: قراءة موضوعية بلاغية لسورة الإنسان بالتوازي مع سورة القيامة

13.  John Tolan – Napoleon as reader of the Qur’an

14.  Emmanuelle Stefanidis – Les controverses autour du Coran au IVe-Ve siècles : Pouvoir, théologie et textualité sous l’empire abbaside

15.  Fred Donner

16.  Bahador Ghayem – الديانة الصابئية فی القرآن و تطبيق اصولها الثلاثة – التوحيد و المعاد و النبوة – بالقرآن

17.  Zahrul Fata – القراءة الحديثة للنص القرآني وأثرها في الدراسات القرآنية في إندونيسيا

18.  Holger M. Zellentin – Qur’anic Law and Anti-Rabbinic Polemics

19.  Suleyman Dost – The Rise and Fall of a Genre: The Maṣāḥif Books in Context

20.  Mehdy Shaddel – Satanic corruption of scripture between the pseudo-Clementina and the Quran

21.  Marijn van Putten – The Overrepresentation of Non-Canonical Readings in Early Manuscripts: A study of BnF Arabe 329d

22.  Morgan Davis – Punishment Stories in the Bible, the Qur’an, and the Book of Mormon

23.  Hasan Bazayniyah – ترجمة القرآن ومنازع التأويل: ترجمة بلاشير لسورة النّجم أنموذجا

24.  Saber Ahmed – كتاب القرآن: الاتصال والانفصال بالكتاب المقدس

25.  Monya El Almi – انتلجنسيا المناهج التفسيريّة بشمال إفريقيا من التّأصيل إلى التّحديث -تونس أنموذجا-

26.  Jamel el-Hamri –« Malek Bennabi ou Le phénomène coranique comme « vérité travaillante » au service d’un projet de société réformiste au Maghreb »

27.  Peter Riddell – The Signposts of the Revelation by al-Baghawi (d. 1122)

28.  Bruce Fudge – Odysseus’ Scar and Ibrāhīm’s Trial

29.  Ali Fathi – معيارية تفسير القرآن و تحدیاتها

30.  Mohamed Lamallam – Terminological Study: A Novel Exegetical Method in Morocco

31.  Mohammed Al Dhfar – Tafsīr and the conflict of the Empires in the 14th Century: al-Subkī on al-Zamakhsharī’s Kashshāf

32.  Enno H. Dango – Demythologizing the Miracles of the Qurʾān, Muḥammad Asad’s Rationalist Translation and Interpretation

33.  Arafat Razzaque – Abraham’s Ascension and Vision of the World: Muslim Redactions of Jewish Pseudepigrapha in Tafsīr Literature

34.  Rabii al-Hashimi Noqri – علاقة القرآن بالكتب السابقة من خلال مفهوم النسخ ل “غوبيو جونفييف”

35. Raashid S. Goyal – The Qur’anic Aʿrāb: A Reassessment

36. Mehdi Azaiez

37. Nishadali Wafy

Details about conference registration, accommodations, funding, and travel are forthcoming. Paper presenters should expect an email with their official acceptance this week. Attendance to the International Meeting as non-presenters is permitted and encouraged for those who submitted proposals but were not accepted.

On behalf of the IQSA International Programming Committee, we thank all who submitted proposals. We are delighted to witness such overwhelming support from the global IQSA community and look forward to an exciting program in Tangier!

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Deadline Approaching: Call for Papers Annual Meeting 2019

IQSA Annual Meeting 2019

Only TWO DAYS remains to submit your abstracts for IQSA’s 2019 Annual Meeting to be held in San Diego, California from November 2225, 2019. Paper proposals should be submitted through the SBL’s automated online submission system under the corresponding “Affiliates” link by March 6, 2019 (note: IQSA membership is required for proposal submission; see below). Submission links can be found below under the respective program units. If you require further information or experience difficulties with the submission process, please contact the chairs of the program unit to which you would like to apply.

Please note that all proposals must include:

  • Author name and affiliation
  • Paper title
  • 400 word paper abstract (written in English)

Eligibility for proposal submissions is contingent upon the following:

  • Active IQSA membership is required at the time of proposal submission for the IQSA Program, and the membership status of all applicants will be checked prior to acceptance
  • Participants must maintain current IQSA Membership through their participation in the Annual Meeting

Please also note that:

  • To ensure equity and diversity amongst participants, participants should submit only one paper presentation per IQSA Annual Meeting
  • All participants must adhere to IQSA’s Professional Conduct Policy
  • Participants will be required to register for the conference by submitting payment through SBL’s online submission system (users are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the “Super Saver” rates which end mid-May)

The Annual Meeting includes panels for each of IQSA’s six program units:

Linguistic, Literary, and Thematic Perspectives on the Qur’anic Corpus
The Qur’an: Surah Studies
Qur’anic Studies: Methodology and Hermeneutics
The Qur’an: Manuscripts and Textual Criticism
The Qur’an and the Biblical Tradition
The Qur’an and Late Antiquity

IQSA will also run two additional panels this year:

The European Qur’an: The Islamic Holy Scripture in European Culture and Religion 1142–1850
The Societal Qur’an

Click on the links above to find more information about each program unit, or visit the IQSA Call for Papers page. Click here for more information and FAQ’s about the Annual Meeting.

Questions? Email

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!


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