National Italian PhD Programme on Religious Studies: Call for Applications

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The call for applications to the National Italian PhD Programme on Religious Studies is now open. Launched by 31 universities and research centers in Italy, the program offers 43 positions in 23 cities on the following areas:

  1. Buddhism and religions of Asia
  2. Christianity
  3. Islam
  4. Judaism
  5. Law and Religion
  6. Transdisciplinarity and Technological Frontier Research

The Program is ready to welcome applications and agreements with other PhD Schools outside Italy for international cooperation and exchange.

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The application deadline is August 25th. Visit to find all the information regarding the Doctoral School and the link to the call.

Content courtesy of Francesca Badini, PhD Candidate (Biblioteca Giorgia La Pira)

Register NOW for Denver Early Bird Rates


Looking to save on registration rates for this year’s IQSA Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the SBL/AAR Annual Meetings in Denver, Colorado from November 18-21, 2022? Register as an Affiliate Member HERE before early bird rates end on July 29th! All presenters, panel members, and other attendees MUST register to attend the Annual Meeting. 

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Please note that registration for the Denver meeting is not linked to registration for the IQSA Meeting in Palermo. 

Questions? Contact us via email! We look forward to seeing you in Denver.

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Funding Opportunities: IQSA Palermo Annual Meeting 2022


The host of the 2022 IQSA Annual Meeting, FSCIRE (La Pira Library), will offer travel grants up to € 500 to students, PhD students, post-docs, and scholars participating in the conference to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence costs and conference fees. The grants are also accessible to those who would like to attend the meeting as auditors, i.e., without offering a conference paper.

Application period: May 15June 15 2022

Applicants will receive a notification from the FSCIRE (La Pira Library) Secretariat by June 20th. 


Applicants must submit to a curriculum vitae, a motivation letter, and an estimated travel budget to be eligible for the grant. 

Membership fees to IQSA cannot be reimbursed, while the conference fees can be included among the costs covered by the travel grants.

Applicants will receive a notification from the FSCIRE (La Pira Library) Secretariat either in case of acceptance or rejection. If you applied and did not hear back from us, please contact by the end of June.

The expenditures will be reimbursed by bank transfer after the Conference, provided that a .pdf file including all the receipts of the expenditures is sent to our email address together with the refund module, filled and signed, by September 30th, 2022.

In order to ask for the reimbursement of the expenditures, recipients of the travel grant have to stop by the registration desk to collect in person the refund module from FSCIRE (La Pira Library) staff, during the days of the Conference.

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Andrew Rippin Best Paper Prize Winner 2022

rippinThe International Qurʾanic Studies Association is delighted to announce that the fifth annual Andrew Rippin Best Paper Prize (open to papers delivered by early career scholars at the 2021 Annual Meeting) has been awarded to Adi Shiran for her paper: ““Bloody Wrath and Healing Touches: Joseph and his Brothers in Early Twelver Shī‛ī Tafsīr.” The winner of the Andrew Rippin Best Paper Prize receives a cash award. In addition, an expanded and edited version of the winning paper qualifies for publication in the Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association.

This award is given in honor of Professor Andrew Rippin (1950–2016), a leading scholar of the Qurʾān and inaugural president of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (2014). Prof. Rippin is remembered as “an esteemed colleague, revered mentor, and scholarly inspiration to many members of the IQSA community.” An announcement regarding submissions for the sixth annual Andrew Rippin Best Paper Prize will follow the 2022 IQSA Annual Meeting.

An abstract of the award winning paper follows:

“Bloody Wrath and Healing Touches: Joseph and his Brothers in Early Twelver Shī‛ī Tafsīr”
The meetings between Joseph and his brothers in Egypt are often portrayed in Qur’ān commentaries as dramatic occurrences. A few early Twelver Shī‛ī commentaries mention a peculiar account that describes the heated clash between the brothers and Joseph following Joseph’s accusation that one of them stole from him. According to this account, the brothers’ wrath triggered unusual physical symptoms, including bleeding from various organs. An examination of the early Muslim exegetical tradition shows that this narrative is unique and that some individual elements in it are generally absent from other Muslim commentaries on the story of Joseph. In this paper, I argue 1) that some of the elements that appear in the story originated in an early Jewish Midrash, and 2) that a comparison between the texts highlights the originality of the Twelver Shī‛ite version.

adiAdi Shiran is a Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Shiran earned a B.A. and an M.A. in Arabic language and literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she studied in the Mandel Honors Program, and an M.A. from the Freie Universität Berlin. Shiran’s research interests include medieval Islamic, Christian, and Jewish exegesis, Judeo-Arabic literature, and Mu tazilite kalam. In her dissertation, she deals with the notion of the ‘sealing of the hearts’ in tenth-century Qur’an and Bible exegesis. 25 Other current research projects include Islamic and Jewish interpretations regarding the physical appearance of the serpent/Satan, and a translation of Saadia Gaon’s Judeo-Arabic discussion on the suffering of animals in his commentary on Genesis. Shiran earned a teaching certificate in Arabic from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She taught Qur’anic Arabic at the University of Chicago and taught Classical and Modern Arabic in high schools for several years.

Want to try your hand at next year’s Andrew Rippin Best Paper Prize? Submit your proposals for  the 2022 IQSA Annual Meeting in Denver by March 15th, 2022, or for the IQSA 2022 Annual Meeting in Palermo by March 7th, 2022!

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IQSA Membership for 2022 Now Open!

IQSA Membership for 2022 is open! The International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) is the first learned society dedicated to the study of the Qur’an. We hold conferences around the world and publish cutting-edge research and scholarship. The IQSA community and its partners include scholars, students, publishers, and members of the public.

Membership consists of six categories:

Johanna5(1) Student, Contingent Faculty, Global South or Income Below $30,000 $35
(2) Assistant Professor, Junior or Retired Faculty $75
(3) Associate Professor or Midrange Faculty $100
(4) Full Professor, Senior Faculty or Professional Income $100,000+ $125
(5) Lifetime Member $2,000 (one time installment)
(6) Institutional Membership $400

Exceptions: Scholars from the global south and lower income countries unable to pay membership dues for that year have the option of contacting the executive director for a courtesy waiver.

To become a member, click HERE. Fill out the form and pay the membership fees. After completing the form, you will receive log in information; save that information to be able to log in and access member benefits at anytime. Create a profile for the member directory.

To renew or edit your membership, sign in to your member account, click the “Join IQSA” tab, and select “Edit your member profile” at the bottom of the page.

To stay informed, follow IQSA via, the weekly Blog, Facebook, and Twitter. Also join the IQSA discussion group by following the instructions below:

Join the IQSA Discussion Group

  1. Sign in to Google Groups. Learn how to join if you do not have a Google Account.
  2. In the box at the top, search for “International Qur’anic Studies Association Discussion Group”
  3. Once you have located the IQSA Group, click Join group or Apply to join group.

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP | $35, $75, $100, $125 USD
Renewal Policy: Annual
Special Benefits:
-Access to the membership directory
-Review of Qur’anic Research
-Professional development opportunities for graduate students and junior scholars, including volunteer, job postings, and employment networking
-Bilingual English-Arabic Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (JIQSA)
-Eligibility for Andrew Rippin Best Paper Prize ($250 USD and potential publication in JIQSA)

Renewal Policy: One Time Installment (No Renewals required)
Special Benefits:
– Automatic access/subscription to all paid individual member benefits
– Free online & print subscription to JIQSA
– Discounts on Lockwood publications
– Official Public Recognition

Renewal Policy: Annual
Special Benefits:
– Annual access to IQSA’s online resources
– One free advertisement annually (program book, JIQSA, online or mailing list)
– One free registration for the IQSA Annual Meeting
-Official Public Recognition

Other member benefits will include:

  • Regular updates
  • A discounted registration/affiliate rate for the Annual Meeting held annually in November
  • Vote/governance
  • Special offers from publishers

If you encounter problems or have questions regarding IQSA membership, please  email

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Echoes of Jacob of Serugh in the Qur’ān and Late Antique Reading Culture: Public Evening Event

December 7, 2021
Academy Building – Gendarmenmarkt

Einstein Hall, Jägerstraße 22/13, 10117 Berlin

An event of the long-term project “Corpus Coranicum“ member of the Research Centre for Primary Sources of the Ancient World at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW).

The writings of Jacob of Serugh (d. 520/1) have been highlighted as one of the most significant corpora for understanding the late antique literary environment in which the Qur’ān emerged. His homilies and letters contain many exegetical and theological traditions common to the Qur’ān and the Syriac tradition. How are we to understand echoes of Jacob’s thought in the Qur’ān? Who had access to these texts and the traditions they transmit? This lecture seeks to shed light on this complex of questions by examining the circulation of Jacob’s writings in the sixth and seventh centuries. We will first investigate Jacob’s correspondence with communities within and beyond the Roman Empire during his lifetime. We will then turn to the physical manuscripts that preserve his writings from late antiquity. This approach will help identify the late antique communities that discussed these shared traditions and thereby grant insight into the question of what it means to investigate Jacob’s works as texts from the environment of the Qur’ān.

Philip Michael Forness is currently a post-doctoral researcher at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. He received his Ph.D. in the History of Christianity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2016 and has published widely on the traditions of eastern Christianity. He is the author of „Preaching Christology in the Roman Near East“ (Oxford, 2018) and the co-editor of „The Good Christian Ruler in the First Millennium“ (Berlin, 2021).

A lecture in the series “Languages and Cultures in the Near East and the Silk Road in Late Antiquity“ (organized by the long-term projects „Turfanforschung“ and “Corpus Coranicum“).


Welcoming Address

  • Tonio Sebastian Richter (Spokesperson of the Research Centre for Primary Sources of the Ancient World | Academy member | Freie Universität Berlin)


  • Michael Marx (BBAW)
  • Angelika Neuwirth (Freie Universität Berlin)


  • Philip Michael Forness (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a.M.)
* Important information about the event *

Registration is required by December 2, 2021 using this form.

Notes for on-site participation:

The 2G rule applies to this event.

Admission begins half an hour before the event, please come early. Due to the hygiene rules to contain the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, there may be waiting times at the entrance. The following evidence is required to participate (evidence of a complete COVID-19 vaccination and / or your recovery must be digitally verifiable (QR code)):

Proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination (the last vaccination must be at least 14 days ago) or Proof of your recovery (the positive PCR test result is at least 28 days, but no more than six months ago or in the case of a longer past infection in connection with at least one vaccination against Covid-19)and identity card or passport.

Please have the relevant notices ready at the entrance and observe additional safety and hygiene information on site.

Notes for digital participation:

The event will be broadcast via zoom. You will receive a corresponding access link on the day of the event itself. By participating, you agree to Zoom's privacy policy.

If you have problems registering or you do not receive a registration confirmation email, please contact us via email.

IQSA Graduate Student Luncheon 2021

lunchAttention current students and recent graduates! 

The International Qur’anic Studies Association is delighted to host a special reception for students and early career scholars at its 2021 Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

Date: Saturday November 20, 2021
Time: Lunch Reception, 11:30am-1pm
Venue: In Person, TBA (Off-site)

This will be a valuable opportunity for graduate students and emerging scholars to mingle with established experts in Qur’anic studies in a more relaxed setting–with a light lunch in a semi-private dining area.

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 2021 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, please consider attending the Student Reception. We ask that you please RSVP by filling out this form.

Please note that all attendees must be registered for the In-Person IQSA Annual Meeting.

Questions? Email us at!

We hope to see you there!


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Fellowship: Middle East Medievalists (MEM)

mem-logo-750As promised in a July 2020 Statement on Anti-Racism, the Board of Directors of Middle East Medievalists (MEM) is pleased to announce the second round of applications for our new fellowship to support graduate students of color in medieval studies attending the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). In light of uncertainties around travel to the 2021 meeting, we have decided to use this round to help graduate students of color who wish to attend (either virtually or in person) pay the registration fee.

In order to be considered in this round, please send a paragraph containing the following information to the MEM secretary ( your graduate program/institutional affiliation; whether or not you are a MESA member; a brief statement about why you wish to attend the MESA annual meeting; and any other sources of funding available to you. We will review applications as they come in, so that we can fund as many as possible before MESA’s September 15 pre-registration deadline. We will continue to consider applications as long as we have funds available (up to our pledged total of $1500). Please note that we are willing to reimburse participants or attendees who have already paid the registration fee if they demonstrate need. Any questions about the process should be directed to the MEM secretary (

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Workshop/Webinar: Princeton-UCLA Arabic Manuscript Workshop

manworkThe Princeton-UCLA Arabic Manuscript Workshop will be held on August 23-27, 2021. Full details for the workshop can be found here, including signup details and a complete list of presenters. While the application process is now closed for full participation, interested readers can still sign up for the webinars online at the official website.

Description: This week-long workshop will be led by leading authorities in the historical, philological and material study of Arabic manuscripts. Co-organized by Princeton and UCLA, which house the two largest repositories of Islamicate manuscripts in North America, the workshop will equip emerging scholars with the basic tools to conduct research using original handwritten texts in Arabic script. Over the course of four days, participants will learn the basics of codicology, palaeography, and manuscript production and circulation, and receive exposure to an expansive vision of current debates in Arabic manuscript research. Topics include:

  • anatomy of the codex 
  • text blocks, colophons, audition notes, owners’ notes, readers’ notes
  • supports, inks, bindings
  • scribes and other craftspeople
  • scripts, canonical and informal; strategies for decipherment
  • technical terminology
  • transmission practices and patterns
  • digital collections; contemporary ethics and best practices

Organizers: Marina Rustow (Princeton) and Luke Yarbrough (UCLA)

For questions about the application process, contact

For questions about content, contact the organizers: Marina Rustow (Princeton) and Luke Yarbrough (UCLA).

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Reminder: Andrew Rippin Best Paper Prize 2020-21

rippinAndrew Rippin was the inaugural president of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (2014). He is remembered as “an esteemed colleague, revered mentor, and scholarly inspiration to many members of the IQSA community.”

In honor of Andrew Rippin, the International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) will award a prize to the best paper delivered at the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting by a graduate student or early career scholar (Ph.D. awarded 2015 or later).

The prize winner will receive $250. In addition, the award committee will provide him/her with detailed feedback and guidance enabling him/her to expand the paper into a scholarly article that qualifies for publication in the Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (JIQSA), subject to peer review.

Interested scholars should submit a draft of the paper which they read at the 2020 Annual Meeting; this draft should be no longer than fifteen double-spaced pages (or 3750 words). Submissions should be sent to by January 31, 2021. The prize winner will be announced in March, 2021. The winner should then be prepared to submit a fully revised version of the winning article by April 30, 2021. Publication of the final version is contingent upon review by the award committee and editorial staff of JIQSA.

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