Call for Papers: Syriac and Arabia Symposium (Hugoye Symposium VI)

cfpBeth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute is holding its sixth Hugoye symposium on April 24-25, 2020 at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. This year’s topic is “Syriac and Arabia.” While there has been much on the contribution of Syriac to the Abbasid translation movement, research on the connections between Syriac and Arabic before Islam and during the early years of Islam is in its infancy. This workshop aims to bring together scholars who cross the Syriac studies and Arabic/Islamic studies divide in the hope of forming a framework for the study of the Syriac-Arabic interface.

Scholars interested in participating may send via email a proposal between 750 and 1,000 words. Submission deadline is January 15, 2020. Submissions are to be sent via email directly to George A. Kiraz at

Scholars are expected to fund their travel to/from and accommodation in Princeton. The Institute will provide meals and a conference celebratory dinner. Speakers will be invited to contribute to a collected volume on an agreed-upon theme.


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New IQSA Discussion Group Platform

Greetings friends of IQSA!

As you might have seen, Yahoo has made the decision to discontinue the Yahoo Groups service and platform previously used for the International Qur’anic Studies Association’s discussion group. 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 migrating the IQSA Yahoo Discussion Group to this Google Groups platform. We hold you join and take advantage of this important communication tool for the International Qur’anic Studies Association. Participants can join the IQSA discussion group by visiting Please find the IQSA Professional Conduct Policy here; we ask that all group members adhere to these policies at all times.

If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email We hope you considering joining the new IQSA Google Discussion Group!


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Conference: 3rd Annual Edinburgh International Graduate Conference in Late Antique, Islamic, and Byzantine Studies

The 3rd Annual Edinburgh International Graduate Conference in Late Antique, Islamic, and Byzantine Studies will be held at the University of Edinburgh on November 22-23, 2019.


The theme for this year’s conference is Historical inertia: Continuity in the face of change 500-1500 CE: 

Historical discourse has long concerned itself with patterns of change and discontinuity to demonstrate and validate models of periodisation and the compartmentalisation of the wider historical field. Building on these themes, this conference has chosen to focus on the opposing view by concentrating on inertia – how history, material culture, ideas and communities can be seen to maintain a stayed course or deviate if a significant force is exerted upon it. Inertia, a concept that has yet to be applied to mainstream Late Antique studies, introduces perspectives and frameworks that permit new approaches to traditional processes.

This conference will feature numerous papers on qur’anic studies and medieval Islamic history. The complete program can be found here. Additionally, there will be keynote lectures from Averil Cameron and Jack Tannous (Princeton University).

For more information, including registration instructions, visit the conference website.


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