NEW Membership Tiers: Institutional & Lifetime

The International Qur’anic Studies Association is pleased to announce the addition of two new membership tiers: Institutional and Lifetime Membership. These levels are NOW AVAILABLE for registration and have been introduced by the Board of Directors to further IQSA’s mission of facilitating collaboration in the field of Qur’anic Studies across parties around the world.

LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP | $2,000 USD
Renewal Policy: One Time Installment (No Renewals required)
Special Benefits:
– Automatic access/subscription to all paid individual member benefits (JIQSA online, RQR online & Membership database)
– Free online & print subscription to JIQSA
– Discounts on Lockwood publications 

INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP | $400 USD
Renewal Policy: Annual
Special Benefits:
– SAME benefits as above, plus…
– One free advertisement annually (program book, JIQSA, online or mailing list)
– Discounted registration

To register for IQSA Membership, click HERE. Questions or concerns? Email contact@iqsaweb.org! We hope you join us soon!

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REMINDERS + NOW ONLINE – Program Book for Boston, Nov 17-20

Dear Friends,

We are now days away from the fifth Annual Meeting of the International Qur’anic Studies Association taking place in Boston, November 17-20. We are looking forward to another exciting meeting of scholars and friends. For a complete showcase of our events, participants and sponsors we are proud to present the official AM 2017 PROGRAM BOOK (PDF). Viewers are encouraged to further circulate the program book. (Program Book link: https://iqsaweb.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/2017-iqsa-program-full-final-web-version.pdf)

Reminders — Please make sure to attend the following events or perform the needed duties outlined here:

  1. If you want to gain access to all IQSA session in Boston as well as our exclusive member benefits please RENEW your 2017 IQSA MEMBERSHIP immediately here (http://members.iqsaweb.org/Sys/Login). It is not too late!
  2. The FRIDAY sessions are FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC. So do not forget to attend the AFTERNOON PANEL, KEYNOTE ADDRESS “‘The House and the Book’: Some reflections on scripture and sanctuary in early Islam”, followed by our general RECEPTION with snacks and refreshments, all on Friday Nov 17. See program for details. It is imperative that we spread the word about our Friday afternoon sessions and attend accordingly!
  3. On Saturday Nov 18 Graduate students should attend the Graduate Student Reception, 11:15am-12:45pm, where they will enjoy lunch with leading scholars in the field and share their own research. See program for details. Only a handful of spots remain. RSVP now contact@iqsaweb.org
  4. On Sunday Nov 19 I call upon all IQSA members to fulfill their duty by attending our Business Meeting at 11:30am-12:30pm. See program for details.
  5. Finally, the world’s political climate continues to change, making international travel and collaboration  more challenging. Our work is now more important than ever. Please support IQSA and DONATE (http://members.iqsaweb.org/donate). Meanwhile do not forget to enjoy this VIDEO (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tg-W3Asj3R8) and share accordingly — thank you.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Standing Committees and our partners we would like to express our deepest gratitude to all friends of IQSA, and we look forward to seeing you in Boston.

Sincerely,

Emran El-Badawi, Executive Director

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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., https://nl.usembassy.gov/visas/visa-waiver-program/.)

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 contact@iqsaweb.org.

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

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Blog with IQSA!

The International Qur’anic Studies Association is the first professional guild of its kind dedicated to the critical study and investigation of the Qur’an. IQSA is committed to reinforcing its community of students, scholars, publishers, and members of the public through regular communications, one of which is the weekly blog post.

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This summer IQSA welcomes YOU to contribute to its mission by submitting content for its weekly blog! Examples of past blog posts can be found HERE. Content can range from relevant event announcements to professional development opportunities to literature reviews and more. In keeping with IQSA’s mission, submissions should be related to the interdisciplinary fields of literature, history, archaeology, paleography, and religious studies pertinent to the Qur’an.

Submissions will be evaluated according to their relevance to IQSA and the interest of its members. Please send your submission to contact@iqsaweb.org to be considered. Questions? Email contact@iqsaweb.org for clarifications.

We hope to blog with you soon!

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IQSA Job Vacancy: Copy Editor

The International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA), a non-profit organization, seeks a copyeditor for freelance contract work on its three scholarly publication projects: JIQSA (annual journal), ISIQ (monograph series), RQR (monthly review of books). This is a deadline-driven position with overlapping seasonal workflows where diverse specialized texts require detailed technical editing in short turnaround times. Work is remote-desk and may be performed from any geographical location in the United States. This is a great opportunity for someone who enjoys high-performance work and is looking to join a collaborative team of scholars in a dynamic professional field.

Position will report directly to Head Editor of JIQSA, but will also collaborate with other members of IQSA’s editorial and executive teams as appropriate.

Position open until filled.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • check texts to ensure they are well written and logically structured
  • correct grammar and spelling
  • check illustrations and captions
  • ensure texts conform to JIQSA Style Guide
  • check facts and raise queries with Head Editor
  • look out for potential legal problems and discuss them with the Head Editor
  • other duties as assigned

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education: B.A. in English, journalism, Near Eastern languages, or other relevant field in the liberal arts, humanities or social sciences
  • excellent written English, including proper spelling and grammar
  • working knowledge of classical Arabic and relevant systems of transliteration
  • a meticulous approach to texts and an eye for detail
  • the ability to maintain high-quality work while meeting tight deadlines
  • strong concentration and ability to focus on texts that may be lengthy and highly technical
  • clear judgement in applying house style
  • the ability to retain authors’ voices after editing
  • excellent collaboration skills

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • M.A. or graduate study in relevant field
  • specialist interest in Qur’anic Studies or related disciplines
  • working knowledge of additional foreign languages (esp. Persian, Hebrew, Syriac, Greek, German, or French)

COMPENSATION:

  • Contract may be negotiated as hourly or by project; rate commensurate with qualifications and experience
  • Free access to IQSA member benefits

Interested candidates should submit resume/CV and cover letter to jiqsa@iqsaweb.org.

 

 

Launch: Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association,Vol.1 (2016)

IQSA is proud to announce the release of the first issue its flagship journal, the Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association by Lockwood Press. JIQSA, vol. 1 (2016) is co-edited by Michael Pregill (Boston University) and Vanessa De Gifis (Wayne State University) and features new research on the Qur’an. The editors offer an insightful introductory essay on the scope and subject matter of JIQSA, locating the field of Qur’an Studies today “between the Bible and Tafsir.” Articles include the 2015 presidential address by Reuven Firestone on and a response by Ebrahim Moosa, as well as a number of original contributions by international scholars, including posthumous contributions by Patricia Crone and Ali Mabrouk.

Readers will find JIQSA reflects the depth, diversity and debate latent within Qur’an Studies today. Subjects explored in this issue include the Qur’an’s place in late antiquity, literary and inter-confessional dialogue, its reception in the west, the hermeneutics of traditional and modern exegesis, transmission of the text, manuscripts, philology, rhetoric and more. A table of contents follows below.

Preparation for JIQSA, vol. 2 has already begun. Potential English and Arabic contributions to JIQSA, vol. 3 should be sent to the editors at jiqsa@iqsaweb.org for peer review.

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The Table of Contents for JIQSA Volume 1 is as follows:

  1. Pregill, Michael E. and Vanessa De Gifis. “Editors’ Introduction: The Qurʾān Between Bible and Tafsīr.” JIQSA 1 (2016): 3-9.
  2. Firestone, Reuven. “The Problematic of Prophecy: 2015 IQSA Presidential Address.” JIQSA 1 (2016): 11-22.
  3. Moosa, Ebrahim. “Response To Reuven Firestone’s 2015 IQSA Presidential Address.” JIQSA 1 (2016): 23-27.
  4. Bauer, Karen. “The Current State of Qurʾānic Studies: Commentary on a Roundtable Discussion.” JIQSA 1 (2016): 29-45.
  5. Graves, Michael. “Form Criticism or a Rolling Corpus: The Methodology of John Wansbrough through the Lens of Biblical Studies.” JIQSA 1 (2016): 47-92.
  6. Anthony, Sean W. and Catherine L. Bronson. “Did Ḥafṣah Edit the Qurʾān? A Response with Notes on the Codices of the Prophet’s Wives.” JIQSA 1 (2016): 93-125.
  7. Crone, Patricia. “Nothing but Time Destroys Us”: The Deniers of Resurrection in the Qurʾān.” JIQSA 1 (2016): 127-147.
  8. Melchert, Christopher. “Bukhārī’sKitāb Tafsīr al-Qurʾān.” JIQSA 1 (2016): 149-172.
  9. Stewart, Devin and Gabriel Said Reynolds. “Afterword: The Academic Study of the Qurʾān—Achievements, Challenges, and Prospects.” JIQSA 1 (2016): 173-183.

10. علي مبروك†,القرآن: ما بعد أبي زيد وما قبل المصحف. مجلة الجمعية الدولية للدراسات القرآنية. (2016): 192-187.

At this time institutions are strongly encouraged to subscribe for print or online access by filling out this SUBSCRIPTION 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
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For information about submissions, visit https://iqsaweb.wordpress.com/publications/call-for-papers-jiqsa/ or send an email to the editors at jiqsa@iqsaweb.org.

 

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IQSA Call for Papers 2017

The International Qur’anic Studies Association has opened its call for papers for the 2017 Annual Meeting to be held in Boston, Massachusetts from November 18-21, 2017. 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 and the Biblical Tradition
  • The Qur’an and Late Antiquity
  • The Qur’an: Manuscripts and Textual Criticism

Please find detailed calls for papers for each program unit HERE. Paper proposals should be submitted through SBL’s automated online submission system. The paper proposal submissions are due by March 7, 2017. For additional information about a specific program unit, or if you experience difficulties with the submission process, you may contact the unit chairs listed on the Call for Papers page via email. Abstracts should be written in English, have a length of around 400 words, and include the name and affiliation of the author. IQSA welcomes all submissions and looks forward to an exciting program in Boston.

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IQSA Membership

Become a member or renew your membership for 2017 to continue to enjoy benefits such as discounted registration fee for the Annual Meeting, Review of Qur’anic Research, and more members only content.

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