The Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association is a peer-reviewed annual journal. It cultivates Qur’anic Studies as a growing field with a distinctive identity and focus, while acknowledging relevant linkages to the study of the Bible as well as the Islamic tradition. The journal facilitates crucial conversations about the state of the field in Qur’anic Studies and connects diverse scholarly communities from around the world. It includes the Review of Qur’anic Research, which offers scholarly book reviews of recent publications in the field.

IQSA began a fruitful partnership with De Gruyter this year, and JIQSA is now available on the publisher’s platform hereTo celebrate, all articles from the latest issue, Volume 8, are freely available to members AND nonmembers for 12 months!

Volume 8 Issue 1

Obituary: Mahmoud Ayoub (1935–2021)
Emran El-Badawi

The Qurʾān and the Putative pre-Islamic Practice of Female Infanticide
Ilkka Lindstedt

Mohsen Goudarzi

We hope you take advantage of this free resource while it is available! For access to all volumes of JIQSA, sign up for membership at

© International Qur’anic Studies Association, 2023. All rights reserved.

Giving Tuesday 2023: Support IQSA’s Global Scholarship

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Dear Friends of IQSA,

For over ten years the International Qur’anic Studies Association has made fostering Qur’anic scholarship its mission. The Qur’an is an integral part of world literature, and it has shaped and continues to shape the world in which we live. IQSA is mindful of its members, partners, and friends during this difficult time, and we want to reach out to those among you who can afford to support IQSA when the organization needs it most at a time when our operational costs remain high despite cutting back on operations themselves. By giving to IQSA as you are able, you are promoting high quality scholarship and building bridges across the globe, which in turn has positive ripple effects on high quality education, journalism, publishing and public engagement.

IQSA is the only non-profit learned society exclusively dedicated to convening regular Qur’an conferences in North America and in Muslim majority countries around the world, as well as to publishing rigorous cutting edge scholarship on the Qur’an. Within eight short years IQSA has convened twelve major conferences. These have included large scale conferences throughout major US cities, Carthage, Palermo, Tunisia and Jogjakarta, Indonesia, as well as co-sponsored panels in Berlin, Germany and St. Andrews, Scotland. IQSA conferences showcase cutting edge research on manuscripts, historical documents, and high tech digital resources, as well as debate critical issues including methodology, hermeneutics and gender. This is possible because IQSA members include the very best scholars in the field.

The eighth issue of the bilingual Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (JIQSA) was released this year in a new partnership with De Gruyter publishers, and IQSA’s publications in the Studies in the Qur’ān series are available from ISD.

In addition to receiving free access to JIQSA, IQSA members can also access the Review of Qur’an Research (RQR), the exclusive member directory (including world renowned Qur’an specialists), and PhD students and recent graduates gain valuable professional development experience. Lifetime and Institutional members carry additional member benefits. IQSA also rewards junior scholars and international academics with the opportunity to learn from colleagues around the world and publish their research. By giving, you help IQSA keep membership dues low and you reward those members of our community who need it most.

It goes without saying that our task — especially critical scholarship and building bridges — is now more important than ever. As academics, professionals and philanthropists we have a duty to support the Humanities and Social Sciences across the globe. This also means we have the opportunity to bring about a much more intellectual discussion of the Qur’an when the public needs it most.

IQSA was founded by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, and is now funded through the generous support of its members, partners and friends. Please take time this #GivingTuesday to DONATE NOW to further IQSA’s mission across the globe.

Most gratefully,

Hythem Sidky, Executive Director
International Qur’anic Studies Association |

IQSA 2023 Annual Program Book & Report

IQSA’s 2023 Annual Meeting Program Book and Annual Report is now available! Please use the document below to learn about presenters, navigate to sessions, and keep up to date on IQSA and its activities.

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