Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We are still over one month away from the 2016 Annual Meeting of the International Qur’anic Studies Association taking place in San Antonio, Texas, USA, November 18-21. We are looking forward to another exciting meeting of scholars and friends. The preliminary conference program has been posted HERE; the official Program Book PDF will be published next month.
Please do not forget our first Panel, Presidential/Keynote Address and General Reception all taking place on Friday, Nov 18 (one day before the official start of AAR or SBL). Our Presidential/Keynote Address will be delivered by IQSA president prof. Farid Esack, with a Response by IQSA member prof. Shari Lowin. All Friday events are FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Furthermore, I invite all IQSA members to fulfill their duty as members by attending our Business Meeting, Sunday, Nov 20 at 11:30 am. The program this year also celebrates the launch of the Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA & Lockwood Press), the launch of The Quran Seminar / Le Qur’an Seminar Book (DeGruyter Press), and it features Doctoral Dissertation “Lightning Talks” as the theme of our Graduate Student Reception, a film screening of Jesus and Islam / Jésus et l’Islam and over six dozen cutting edge presentations and contributions.
IQSA was founded in 2012 as an independent learned society whose mission is to foster Qur’an scholarship, as well as peace and mutual understanding through scholarship. We are able to hold conferences and publish research thanks to your membership and donations. Running IQSA costs money. So I call upon your loyalty and generosity once again. If you have not already, please join IQSA and enjoy our member benefits (most members pay just $25 annually). If you are already a member–thank you–and please consider making a tax deductible donation. Finally, an organization is only as effective as the sum of its parts. Therefore, I request all members and friends of IQSA to subscribe to our Blog, the IQSA Discussion Groups and spread the world over social media (especially Facebook and Twitter).
Please check our website IQSAWEB.ORG regularly, and stay tuned for news on San Antonio AM 2016 as well as Tunisia International Meeting 2017. For those new to IQSA and wondering what we are all about please watch/share this video!
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 next month in San Antonio.
Emran El-Badawi, Executive Director
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