IQSA Leadership 2017

IQSA Leadership 2017

The 2017 calendar year ushers in new leadership serving on the Board of Directors and Standing Committees of the International Qur’anic Studies Association. These officers, committee chairs, directors, and editors collaborate from around the globe, guiding the first learned society devoted to the study of the Qur’an in its goal to foster Qur’anic scholarship from a variety of academic disciplines. See below for those distinguished scholars nominated, elected, and appointed at the 2016 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.


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 Gerald Hawting, SOAS University of London, President


 Abdullah Saeed, University of Melbourne, President Elect


Gabriel Reynolds, University of Notre Dame, Chair (Reappointed)


Fred Donner, University of Chicago, Reappointed


Sarra Tlili, University of Florida, Newly Elected




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Holger Zellentin, University of Nottingham, Nominating Committee Chair

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Nicolai Sinai, University of Oxford, Programming Committee Chair


Mun’im Sirry, University of Notre Dame, International Programming Committee Chair


Mehdi Azaiez, University of Leuven, 2017 IM Tunisia Director

Reuven Firestone, Hebrew Union College, Publications and Research Committee Chair


David Powers, Cornell University, Monographs Director


Vanessa De Gifis, Wayne State University,  JIQSA Co-Editor

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Michael Pregill, Boston University, JIQSA Co-Editor


Shari Lowin, Stonehill College, Review of Qur’anic Research Editor

A very warm welcome to our IQSA leadership for 2017!


Call for Nominations

The IQSA Nominations Committee welcomes nominations for several positions. The IQSA Board of Directors needs to appoint a President Elect for 2018. Furthermore, the term of two members of the nominations committee, as well as the first term of two members of the board will expire by the end of 2017. Please see the IQSA bylaws for the description of the roles.

It is crucial that we receive nominations especially for the presidency and the nominations committee. As for the board, we expect the two members who are eligible for a second term to be willing to continue with their stellar work, yet it is crucial that we also receive nominations for these positions in case any new appointments should become necessary.

The Nominations Committee would like to ask all IQSA members to nominate possible candidates for these roles. Please note that the Nominations Committee strives for diversity in professional and academic participation. The consultation and discussion of nominations and submissions is done with great care and will ensure confidentiality.

You must be a paid member to nominate. If you are not a member join today. Please send your nominations to by November 10, 2016.

Important Reminders & Requests

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 MeetingSunday, 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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IQSA Annual Meeting in San Antonio: Full Schedule Available Now!

IQSA has an exciting program line up for the Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. The full schedule is now available! To view the schedule, please visit the Annual Meeting 2016 page HERE.

The IQSA Annual Meeting in San Antonio is scheduled to take place 18-21 November 2016, in conjunction with the SBL/AAR Annual Meetings. Registration is open at the SBL page HERE. Save big on registration by joining IQSA or renewing 2016 membership and registering for the Annual Meetings as an Affiliate Member. If you are not yet an IQSA member we encourage you to please join us HERE.


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IQSA members will also enjoy the added benefit of the first issue of the Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association to be released soon.

Support IQSA’s work and the Annual Meeting through a tax-deductible contribution. All contributors will be formally recognized in San Antonio at the IQSA Reception on November 18.

We look forward to an exciting meeting of members and friends in San Antonio!

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Call for Papers: IQSA Annual Meeting 2016

The International Qur’anic Studies Association has opened its call for papers for its 2016 Annual Meeting, to be held in San Antonio, Texas, November 18-22, 2016. The Annual Meeting includes panels for each of IQSA’s five program units:

  • Linguistic, Literary, and Thematic Perspectives on the Qur’anic Corpus
  • Qur’an Seminar
  • Qur’anic Studies: Methodology and Hermeneutics
  • The Qur’an and the Biblical Tradition
  • The Qur’an: Manuscripts and Material Culture

Please find detailed calls for papers for each program unit HERE. The paper proposal submission deadline is March 2, 2016.

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