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).

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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

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

Member Access

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.

If you experience trouble logging in, please email contact@iqsaweb.org to reset your password or confirm your membership.

Renew or sign up for IQSA membership HERE for full access to JIQSA, RQR, and more!

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). 

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Overview
In
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

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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.

© International Qur’anic Studies Association, 2020. All rights reserved.

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!

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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IQSA Zoom Seminar #5 Sean Anthony, “The Surprising Christology of the Annunciation Scene in Q. Maryam 19:16-21.”

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Check out the fifth installment in the series of IQSA Corona Qur’an Seminars on Zoom (#IQSAZoom), in which Dr. Sean Anthony (Ohio State University) speaks on “The Surprising Christology of the Annunciation Scene in Q. Maryam 19:16-21.”

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/membership/donate/.

Want to see more? Tune in next week on May 14 for Ahmad al-Jallad’s discussion on “Pre-Islamic Arabic inscriptions and Qur’anic orthographies.” Participants can register for upcoming seminars at https://tinyurl.com/coronaquran.

 

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Giving Tuesday 2020: Promoting Scholarship and Building Bridges

Event-Banner-Tuesday-2020Dear Friends of IQSA,

For over seven years the International Qur’anic Studies Association has made fostering Qur’anic scholarship its mission. The Qur’an is an integral part of world literature, and it has shaped and continues to shape the world in which we live. IQSA is mindful of its members, partners, and friends during this difficult time, and we want to reach out to those among you who can afford to support IQSA when the organization needs it most at a time when our operational costs remain high despite cutting back on operations themselves. By giving to IQSA as you are able, you are promoting high quality scholarship and building bridges across the globe, which in turn has positive ripple effects on high quality education, journalism, publishing and public engagement.

IQSA is the only non-profit learned society exclusively dedicated to convening regular Qur’an conferences in North America and in Muslim majority countries around the world, as well as to publishing rigorous cutting edge scholarship on the Qur’an. Within seven short years IQSA has convened eleven major conferences. These have included large scale conferences in throughout major US cities, Carthage, Palermo, Tunisia and Jogjakarta, Indonesia, as well as co-sponsored panels in Berlin, Germany and St. Andrews, Scotland. IQSA conferences showcase cutting edge research on manuscripts, historical documents, and high tech digital resources, as well as debate critical issues including methodology, hermeneutics and gender. This is possible because IQSA members include the very best scholars in the field.

The fourth issue of the bilingual Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (JIQSA) will be released this year, and IQSA’s publications in the Studies in the Qur’ān series are now available from ISD. In addition, IQSA now sponsors free weekly online seminars through Zoom to bring scholars and students of the Qur’an together at a time when many are in social isolation in conjunction with the University of Notre Dame. IQSA members receive free access to JIQSA, the Review of Qur’an Research (RQR), the exclusive member directory (including world renowned Qur’an specialists), and PhD students and recent graduates gain valuable professional development experience. Lifetime and Institutional members carry additional member benefits. IQSA also rewards junior scholars and international academics with the opportunity to learn from colleagues around the world and publish their research. By giving, you help IQSA keep membership dues low and you reward those members of our community who need it most.

It goes without saying that the current political climate has made our task — especially critical scholarship and building bridges — more important than ever. As academics, professionals and philanthropists we have a duty to support the Humanities and Social Sciences at a time when they are under threat. This also means we have the opportunity to bring about a much more intellectual discussion of the Qur’an when the public needs it most.

IQSA was founded by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, and is now funded through the generous support of its members, partners and friends. Please take time this #GivingTuesday to DONATE NOW to further IQSA’s mission across the globe.

Most gratefully,

Emran El-Badawi, Executive Director
International Qur’anic Studies Association
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IQSA Zoom Seminar #4 Sarra Tlili, “Ecology of Wonder: the Ecological Dimensions of Three Qur’anic Motifs”

Screen Shot 2020-04-30 at 2.12.40 PMCheck out the fourth installment in the series of IQSA Corona Qur’an Seminars on Zoom (#IQSAZoom), in which Dr. Sarra Tlili (University of Florida) speaks on “Ecology of Wonder: the Ecological Dimensions of Three Qur’anic Motifs.” View the video for free at this link!

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/membership/donate/.

Want to see more? Tune in next week on May 7 to hear Sean Anthony discuss “The Surprising Christology of the Annunciation Scene in Q. Maryam 19:16-21.” Participants can register for upcoming seminars at https://tinyurl.com/coronaquran.

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IQSA Corona Qur’an Seminars on Zoom (#IQSAZoom)

IQSA is now entering its fourth week of sponsorship for #IQSAZoom seminars designed to bring scholars and students of the Qur’an together at a time when many are in social isolation. These seminars are 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.”  Seminars are open to the public and all are welcome to join the meetings, although at this time we strongly encourage you to take a moment to join IQSA/renew your membership.

#IQSAZoom seminars, held at 11am EDT/New York time, involve both a lecture and time for open discussion. To register for the seminars (free but required) visit https://theology.nd.edu/…/world-religions-world-c…/seminars/. Seminars will be recorded and posted to IQSA’s youtube channel (IQSA Online). We encourage all to continue the discussion on social media using the hashtag #IQSAZoom.

Join us this week for a session led by Sarra Tlili (University of Florida) on “Ecology of Wonder: the Ecological Dimensions of Three Qur’anic Motifs.”

To view past seminars on demand, visit https://iqsaweb.wordpress.com/videos/.

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Review of Qur’anic Research, Vol. 6 no. 4 (2020)

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In the latest installment of the Review of Qur’anic Research (Vol. 6, no.4), David Marshall (The World Council of Churches) reviews Mark Durie’s The Qur’an and Its Biblical Reflexes (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018).

BibReflexesIn his review, Marshall writes “Mark Durie’s ‘The Qur’an and Its Biblical Reflexes’ is a highly original work and a substantial contribution to the field of Qurʾānic Studies. He engages with a great deal of secondary literature, but his study is also based on extensive direct reading of the text of the Qurʾān itself, so there is nothing second-hand about his approach. He presses everything he uses into the service of a very distinctive argument, so that what he says of the Qurʾān could also be said of his own work: it marches to the beat of its own drum. Durie writes clearly and engagingly, regularly re-stating his aims and recapitulating his developing argument…

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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