Review of Qur’anic Research, Vol. 5 no. 10 (2019)


In the latest installment of the Review of Qur’anic Research (Vol. 5, no.10), Majd Al-Mallah (Grand Valley State University) reviews Richard Serrano’s Qurʾān and the Lyric Imperative (New York: Lexington Books, 2016).

5.10In his review, Al-Mallah writes “As the title suggests, Richard Serrano’s Qurʾān and the Lyric Imperative examines the Qurʾān, but the intention is not to explain the holy book of Islam. The Qurʾān, as the author puts it, “continues to defy explanation, despite the legions engaged in the vast Islamic and Orientalist intellectual industry intent on doing just that” (1). Instead, the book examines the connections between the Qurʾān and poetry in the classical Arabic tradition and the ways in which those connections have served a central role in preserving people’s understanding of the text…

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!


© International Qur’anic Studies Association, 2019. All rights reserved.


URGENT: Yahoo Group Discontinuation/Migration

Attention all IQSA colleagues and friends!

As you might have seen, Yahoo has made the decision to discontinue the Yahoo Groups service and platform.

Beginning October 28 users will not be able to upload any more content to the site. 

As of December 14 all previously posted content on the site will be permanently removed. Users have until that date to save any content uploaded by downloading and storing on their own device.

The IQSA Executive Office is currently working on a group migration that will ensure the longevity of this important communication platform for the International Qur’anic Studies Association. Please monitor the IQSA Blog and your email for updates.

For questions, please email Thank you for being an active member of the IQSA community!

New Release: JIQSA Volume 3 (2018)

Dear colleagues,

I am very pleased to announce that the third volume of the Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (founding editors: Michael Pregill and Vanessa De Gifis) has just been published online, with the print version due to ship soon ( As shown by the attached Table of Contents, the issue features articles on the Meccan sanctuary in the Qur’an and in the later Islamic tradition (by Gerald Hawting and Sean Anthony), on the Qur’an’s intertextual links to Biblical and Syriac literature (by David Bertaina and Zohar Hadromi-Allouche), and on the Qur’an’s early manuscript transmission (by Adam Bursi). Saqib Hussain and I feel privileged to have been treated to sneak previews of these five essays while seeing them through press, and I hope that you will find them similarly exciting.


Best wishes,

Nicolai Sinai


PS: Access to JIQSA is of course an IQSA membership benefit. However, if you have not yet asked your institutional libraries to take out a subscription, please consider doing so now. It would be a very important contribution to ensuring the journal’s long-term future as a lasting record of IQSA scholarship.


Volume three is available to IQSA members for FREE online via the member login on 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. Print subscriptions are also available for individual subscribers via THIS FORM.

DOWNLOAD PDF (Subscription Form)

ISSN 2474-8390 (Print)
2474-8420 (Online)

Subscription Rates:
Print and Online: US$70
Print only: US$40
Online only: US$40

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 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 to reset your password or confirm your membership.

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


© International Qur’anic Studies Association, 2019. All rights reserved.


Call for Papers: 13th Symposium Syriacum and the 11th Conference of Christian Arabic Studies

The call for abstracts for the 13th Symposium Syriacum and the 11th Conference of Christian Arabic Studies has been postponed until October 20, 2019, so there is still time to submit paper proposals. Presenters will be asked to present a 15-minute paper with three minutes allotted for questions. PhD Students and early career researchers are encouraged to submit proposals.


To submit abstracts, go to the congress website: : /. On the right, click on “registration”. After your registration you will receive an e-mail that your account was successfully created on platform. Click on the link you received to activate your account and login to the system. To download your abstract, click on “Submission” in “My space” on the right side of your screen.

The conferences will take place in Paris, at the INALCO on July 6-11, 2020.

For more information about registration, lodging, and paper proposals, please visit the Symposium Syriacum website.


© International Qur’anic Studies Association, 2019. All rights reserved.




IQSA Annual Meeting Reminders

IQSA AM Banner (2)It’s hard to believe that we are just two months away from the seventh Annual Meeting of the International Qur’anic Studies Association taking place in San Diego, CA from November 22-25, 2019. We are looking forward to another exciting meeting of scholars and friends! Please read the reminders below carefully in preparation for November’s events.

  • IQSA sessions begin one day earlier than in previous years on Friday November 22nd. Please book your travel and accommodation plans accordingly. The full schedule is available online, and print programs will be distributed at the meeting.
  • All are welcome to RSVP to the General Reception following the IQSA Presidential Address (6pm, 23B [Upper Level East] – Convention Center) on Friday, November 22 from 7-9pm. Light refreshments will be provided, and location will be sent to all registered participants in the upcoming weeks.
  • On Saturday November 23rd, graduate students and early career scholars should attend the Graduate Student Luncheon from 11:30am-1:00pm, where they will enjoy lunch with leading scholars in the field and share their own research. You must be an active IQSA student member to register for this event.
  • On Sunday November 24, all IQSA members are invited to attend the General Business Meeting from 11:00 –11:45am in room 23B (Upper Level East) of the  Convention Center.

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 San Diego!

Recent Publication: Qurʾān Quotations Preserved on Papyrus Documents, 7th-10th Centuries (Brill)

quotationsBrill has recently published Qurʾān Quotations Preserved on Papyrus Documents, 7th-10th Centuries, edited by Andreas Kaplony and Michael Marx. This volume (2) in the Documenta Coranica series documents early uses of Qur’anic quotations in Arabic documents during the early period of Islam. Additionally, it explores the problems associated with radiocarbon dating medieval documents and Qur’anic manuscripts.

Contents include:

Kaplony, Andreas, The Qurʾān’s Sitz im Leben: Preliminary Remarks on Methodology, VII-XI.

Marx, Michael Josef, Introduction, 1-41.

Potthast, Daniel, Qurʾān Quotations in Arabic Papyrus Letters from the 7th to the 10th Centuries, 42-85.

Sonego, Leonora, Qurʾān Quotations in Legal Documents, 86-111.

Bsees, Ursula, Qurʾānic Quotations in Arabic Papyrus Amulets, 112-138.

Youssef-Grob, Eva Mira, Radiocarbon (14C) Dating of Early Islamic Documents: Background and Prospects, 138-187.

Marx, Michael Josef and Tobias J. Jocham, Radiocarbon (14C) Dating of Qurʾān Manuscripts, 188-221.


Want to read more? Purchase the book here or find it in a library near you.


© International Qur’anic Studies Association, 2019. All rights reserved.