Welcome 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.
Reviewers: Our editorial board solicits reviews from appropriate academic reviewers for each volume reviewed. RQR editors request that reviewers write their review in a timely manner (usually 90 days) and in accordance with best scholarly practices. Authors who wish to submit their own reviews for consideration are considered on a case by case basis.
Submissions: While RQR acts mainly as a clearinghouse for the review of new scholarly publications (monographs, translations, edited texts, reference works, etc.), published works of cultural and religious significance that fall outside the traditional domain of academic publication may also be reviewed. Publishers and authors who wish to submit their publications for review in RQR should contact the RQR editor Shari Lowin (Stonehill College) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shari Lowin is Professor of Religious Studies and Program Director of Middle Eastern Studies at Stonehill College, Massachusetts. In 2002, Lowin completed her Ph.D in Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at University of Chicago. Her research centers on the interplay between Judaism and Islam in the early and early medieval Islamic periods, c. 800-1200 CE, focusing mainly on the development of Jewish and Muslim exegetical narratives. Of her most recent publications is Arabic and Hebrew Love Poems of al-Andalus (Routledge, 2013), which examines Arabic and Hebrew eros poetry (`ishq/shirat ḥesheq poems) of religious scholars in 10th-13th century Muslim Spain. Other works include comparative studies of Judaism and Islam focused on the narratives of Abraham and on accounts of enemies of God in the midrash aggadah and in the ḥadīth, including a monograph entitled The Making of a Forefather: Abraham in Islamic and Jewish Exegetical Narratives (Brill, 2006).
All inquiries can be directed to the RQR editor, Shari Lowin (Stonehill College) at RQR@iqsaweb.org.
New reviews in Review of Qurʾanic Research, vol 3 (2017):
Fred M. Donner (University of Chicago) on Michael Philip Penn, When Christians First Met Muslims: A Sourcebook of the Earliest Syriac Writings on Islam (Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2015).
Orhan Elmaz (University of St. Andrews) on Christian Peltz, Der Koran des Abū l-ʻAlāʼ (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2013).
Johanna Pink (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität) on Suha Taji-Farouki (ed.), The Qur’an and Its Readers Worldwide: Contemporary Commentaries and Translations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).
Devin Stewart (Emory University) on David Hollenberg, Beyond the Qurʾān: Early Ismāʿīlī Taʾwīl and the Secrets of the Prophets (Columbia: University of South Carolina, 2016).
Vanessa De Gifis (Wayne State University) on Andres Görke and Johanna Pink (eds.), Tafsīr and Islamic Intellectual History: Exploring the Boundaries of a Genre (London: Oxford University Press/Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2014).