New IQSA Blog Coordinator: Meet Justin!

The International Qur’anic Studies Association is pleased to welcome a fresh face to its Executive Office! This year, Justin Novotny (Catholic University of America) joins the team as IQSA’s new Blog Coordinator.

NovotnyJustin began graduate school at the Catholic University of America in 2014. He earned his master’s in Medieval and Byzantine Studies in 2016 and is currently completing dissertation under the guidance of Lev Weitz. Justin’s dissertation examines narratives about Ethiopia within the Islamic literary tradition. While at CUA,  he studied both Arabic and Syriac, and his broader research interests include Qur’anic Studies, Muslim–Christian relations, and Islamic history.  Before coming to CUA, Justin completed a Masters of Liberal Arts at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM and taught high school history and English for three years.

IQSA welcomes its members and affiliates to contribute to its mission by submitting content for its weekly blog! Examples of past blog posts can be found HERE. Content can range from relevant event announcements to professional development opportunities to literature reviews and more. Submissions should be pertinent to the Qur’anic Studies, Late Antiquity, or Islam.

Submissions will be evaluated according to their relevance to IQSA and the interest of its members. Please send your submission to to be considered. Questions? Email for clarification.

Once again, a warm welcome to Justin Novotny as IQSA’s newest member of the Executive Office!

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