IQSA 2015 Keynote Response Available Now

scholars in library_maqamat haririFollowing the success of the IQSA 2015 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, we were pleased to make available the Meeting’s presidential keynote paper by Professor Reuven Firestone, entitled “The Problematic of Prophecy.” Now available on our website is the response of Professor Ebrahim Moosa, who poses further questions about religious emergence: How does religion emerge from an environment or a substrate? How does a religion become known in the world? One key element in religious emergence is what we call prophecy. In part, prophecy is an ontological phenomenon: it is about becoming, emergence, proceeding in time. The phenomenon of prophecy plays a direct role in the formation and valorization of scriptures like the Qur’an. You can access the full text of Professor Moosa’s response paper HERE.

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IQSA 2015 Keynote Address Now Available!

scholars in library_maqamat haririFollowing the success of the IQSA 2015 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, we are pleased to make available on our website the Meeting’s keynote paper by Professor Reuven Firestone, entitled “The Problematic of Prophecy.” Based on qur’anic discourse in relation to preceding and subsequent scriptures and tradition, Professor Firestone offers a theory of religious emergence and the revolutionary challenge it represents to the authority of established religions. In the process, he demonstrates how our awareness of the natural tension between scriptural canonization and competing prophetic claims has value for the critical study of the Qur’an. You can access the paper HERE.

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2015 Annual Meeting a Success

The IQSA Annual Meeting held last week in Atlanta, Georgia, was a great success, thanks to cutting-edge research presentations and record-breaking attendance. Held in conjunction with the Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)—the largest gathering of religious studies scholars in the world, our meeting brought together an international community of scholars to exchange fresh ideas on the interdisciplinary study of the Qur’an and to forge collaborations for advancing Qur’anic studies in the years to come.

AM 2015 program signThe 2015 meeting showcased the diversity of scholarly interests and approaches to the Qur’an, featuring papers on a variety of issues including rhyme in the Qur’anic text, violence in the Qur’anic milieu, and reader interactions with Qur’an manuscripts. In addition to the excellent research presentations and lively discussion, we also featured a roundtable discussion on “The Current State of Qur’anic Studies and Its Future,” in which leading experts addressed a range of key questions in the field, from sources and methods in Qur’anic scholarship to diversity and inclusion in the scholarly community. With over one hundred people in attendance, this discussion session truly reflected the importance and vitality of Qur’anic studies today.

IQSA is grateful to all the participants and attendees who contributed to the success of this year’s meeting. Please stay tuned for publication of the Presidential Address and Response papers, and keep an eye out for our Call for Papers for next year’s meeting in San Antonio!

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IQSA remains committed to providing resources and opportunities for continued collaboration among Qur’an scholars. To that end, we invite you to stay in touch with colleagues and friends by becoming a member of IQSA. Members enjoy a variety of benefits including access to the Review of Qur’anic Research, the Qur’an Seminar, and our member directory.

 

Plan your Trip to Atlanta! IQSA Annual Meeting Program Highlights

cropped-header3.jpgThe IQSA Annual Meeting in Atlanta is just a few weeks away! As you plan your trip, please note the following special events on the program, which starts Friday 20 November:

Presidential Address – Free and Open to the Public!

Reuven Firestone, Hebrew Union College: The Problematic of Prophecy
Ebrahim Moosa, University of Notre Dame, Respondent

Friday 20 November
4:00-5:15 p.m.
Room: M104 (Marquis Level) – Marriott


IQSA Reception – Free and Open to the Public!

Friday 20 November
5:15-6:30 p.m.
Room: M105 (Marquis Level) – Marriott


IQSA Business Meeting – All IQSA members should attend!

Sunday 22 November
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Room: 
M105 (Marquis Level) – Marriott


IQSA Graduate Student Reception – New day and time!

Sunday 22 November
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Room: L504-L505 (Lobby Level) – Marriott

All students in Qur’anic and Islamic Studies attending the IQSA sessions are welcome to join. Food/drink will be served. A number of senior professors in Qur’anic Studies will be in attendance for informal conversation/mentorship. You can RSVP to contact@iqsaweb.org.


We hope to see you at these important events! Thank you!

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A Special Welcome for Students at Annual Meeting in Atlanta

An Abbasid-era illustration of students studying with a faqih; image from Wikimedia Commons.

An Abbasid-era illustration of students studying with a faqih; image from Wikimedia Commons.

NOTE: TIME & DATE CHANGED

As we gear up for our Annual Meeting in Atlanta next month, IQSA is especially excited to welcome students and emerging scholars to our growing community. We warmly encourage all students who are planning to attend the Annual Meeting to RSVP for our Student Reception:

Sunday 22 November
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Room: L504-L505 (Lobby Level) – Marriott

There will be plenty of food and refreshments, and plenty of friendly conversation with established scholars of Qur’anic studies, including Farid Esack, Reuven Firestone, Daniel Madigan, Gabriel Said Reynolds, Vanessa De Gifis, and Nicolai Sinai.

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 interested in attending the Student Reception, please simply RSVP to IQSA at contact@iqsaweb.org.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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You’re Invited! Graduate Student Reception at IQSA Annual Meeting

An Abbasid-era illustration of students studying with a faqih; image from Wikimedia Commons.

An Abbasid-era illustration of students studying with a faqih; image from Wikimedia Commons.

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

Saturday 21 November
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Room: Crystal A-F (Level 1) – Hilton

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 Atlanta, please consider attending the Student Reception. We ask that you please RSVP to IQSA at contact@iqsaweb.org.

We hope to see you there!

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IQSA Annual Meeting in Atlanta: Full Schedule Available Now!

The full schedule for the IQSA Annual Meeting 2015 in Atlanta is now available! To view the schedule, please visit the Annual Meeting 2015 page HERE.

The IQSA Annual Meeting in Atlanta is scheduled to take place 20-23 November 2015, in conjunction with the SBL/AAR Annual Meetings. Registration is open at the SBL page HERE. You can save up to $70 by joining IQSA and registering for the Annual Meetings as an Affiliate Member. If you are not yet an IQSA member, we encourage you to please join us HERE.

We look forward to an exciting meeting of members and friends in Atlanta!

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