Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur’an

Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur’an

Press Release
April 13, 2013
Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur’an

Edited by Muzaffar Iqbal et al

Volume 1 (A—Bea)

• January 2013 • 408 pages • 30 illustrations • HC • $295.00

ISBN 978-1-926620-00-8

ISBN for the 7-Volume Set: 978-1-926620-06-0


The Center for Islamic Sciences ( announces publication of the first volume of the Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur’an (IEQ). Based entirely on primary sources and held to a high standard of academic rigor, IEQ draws on a wide range of traditional Muslim sources, including exegeses, Hadith collections and commentaries, classical lexicons, biographical dictionaries, universal histories, works of jurisprudence, Prophetic biographies, and treatises on spiritual and moral psychology—some of which have never before been presented in any encyclopedic work in a Western language. IEQ integrates source material at several levels: its conceptual structure presents an integrated view of the overall message of the Qur’an; it incorporates and integrates various strands of Islamic scholarly tradition on the Divine text; and it presents a cohesive, cross-referenced text that is at once contemporary and classical.

The carefully chosen lemmata reflect the thematic structure of the Qur’an itself, while the rich bibliography at the end of each entry provides a valuable resource for serious researchers. IEQ’s seven volumes constitute an in-depth reference work, serving as an authoritative contribution to Muslim scholarship on the Qur’an. Conceived as a seven-volume authoritative contribution to and an in-depth reference work about Muslim scholarship on the Qur’an, This landmark publication presents a trove of knowledge about the Qur’an and its exegetical tradition as an indispensable tool for specialists, as well as the engaged general reader. The seventh volume is devoted to indices and supplementary material, including a thematic cross-referencing index of the entries in the preceding volumes.

Following practices of respect and priority normative to the Islamic scholarly tradition, the first volume of IEQ begins with the entry on the Supreme Name, “Allah,” followed by “Ahmad,” the second of the Prophet’s two proper names in the Qur’an, and proceeds thereafter in alphabetical order. The volume ends with the entry on the “Beautiful Names of Allah.” Thus bounded by entries on the Divine, this inaugural volume of the seven-volume IEQ brings to an English readership a wealth of scholarly material not found in any other reference work on the Qur’an. The first volume also includes a contextual introduction, situating the project in the broader history of discourse on the Qur’an. The forty-seven entries of this volume provide extensive original translations of source material and tap into a vast range of resources in order to present comprehensive and authoritative articles on concepts, persons, events, things, and places mentioned in the Qur’an and its commentary tradition.

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Qur’anic Studies around the World

By Emran El-Badawi

There are several research projects, journals, conferences and other initiatives dedicated to the academic study of the Qur’an around the world. One of IQSA’s goals is to give scholars from these different international initiatives the opportunity to meet regularly.

The Qur’an Seminar meets 5 times throughout 2012-13 at the University of Notre Dame. This conference series is directed by Gabriel Reynolds (associate professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame) and Mehdi Azaiez (PhD, Université Aix-Provence). The seminar allows invited participants to share their insights on 50 central passages distributed throughout the Qur’an text. The work of the participants will eventually be collected, edited and published. See in relation the Qur’an in Its Historical Context.

The Corpus Coranicum is a project directed by Angelika Neuwirth (professor of Semitic and Arabic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin) and Michael Marx, and it belongs to the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Included in the work of the Corpus Coranicum is research on the paleography and intertextuality of the Qur’an.

Among the academic journals in this area is the Journal of Qur’anic Studies (JQS), whose editor in chief is M.A.S. Abdel Haleem (professor of Islamic Studies, School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London). Another biennial journal is Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur’an and Hadith Studies, whose editor in chief is Faisal Bin Ahmad Shah (senior lecturer, al-Qur’an & al-Hadith Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya).

The Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur’an (EIQ) is a seven volume reference work that originated as a joint academic venture between the Center for Islam and Science, Canada and the Society for Qur’anic Studies, Pakistan. Among other things, EIQ preserves centuries worth of classical Islamic scholarship on the Qur’an. This publication is not related to the Encyclopedia of the Qur’an (EQ) published by E.J. Brill.

The International Institute of Qur’anic Studies (IIQS), which was co-founded by H.E. Kyai Haji Abdurrahman Wahid and Dr. Syafi’i Ma’arif, explores the intersection between modern scholarship and the study of the Qur’an in Indonesia. The institute belongs to the organization LibForAll, chaired by Holland Taylor, and has worked with the late Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd (d. 2010).

For more information on Qur’anic Studies around the world visit the External Resources link.

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