Sean Anthony

Sean Anthony

JIQSA Editor


Sean Anthony is the Executive Editor of the Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (JIQSA). He is a historian of early Islamic history and Arabic literature. After receiving his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 2009, Anthony taught at the University of Oregon (Eugene) and the Ohio State University, where he is currently professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.

Emran El-Badawi


Dr. Emran El-Badawi is program director and associate professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Houston. He founded the Arab Studies program at UH and he has designed, implemented and assessed degree programs in the Humanities and Sciences. These include degrees in Arab-Middle East Studies, Religious Studies and interdisciplinary studies in Energy, Development and Sustainability, with a focus on US-Middle East relations. El-Badawi has consulted for various industries, including government, law and oil & gas. He is also active in program development and fund raising.

El-Badawi also served as founding executive director and treasurer of the International Qur’anic Studies Association, which is the world’s first learned society of its kind. Part of IQSA’s goal is to bridge the divide between scholars in the west and those in Muslim majority countries through international conferences.

El-Badawi has published in English as well as Arabic and has made dozens of national as well as international media contributins or appearances, including for The New York Times, Al-Jazeera, Forbes, Christian Science Monitor and Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne (ARTE). His awards include honorable acclaim by the British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize for his book on The Qur’an and the Aramaic Gospel Traditions. His research examines Middle Eastern and Islamic civilization broadly, including subjects such as late antique Arabia, Qur’an and Bible, Syriac churches and classical Islam, and interdisciplinary discourse on modernity, gender and sustainability.

El-Badawi has a bachelors degree in Computer Science from Rutgers University, and he received his Ph.D. with honors in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago.

Lien Iffah Naf’atu Fina

Regional Coordinator for Indonesia

Lien Iffah Naf’atu Fina is a lecturer at the Department of Qur’anic Studies, Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She obtained a Master’s degree from the Hartford Seminary, where she wrote a thesis on al-Baqillani’s manuscript on miracles and magic.

Saqib Hussain

Copy Editor

Saqib Hussain is a D.Phil. student at the University of Oxford. He is the assistant editor for JIQSA, and a contributor to the ERC-funded “Qur’anic Commentary: An Integrative Paradigm” (QuCIP) project. His doctoral dissertation is on the term hikmah (“wisdom”) in the Qur’an and its relationship to the biblical tradition. His research interests include the Qur’an and Late Antiquity, qur’anic law, surah structure, and literary analysis of the Qur’an. He has recently published journal articles on the meaning of nushuz in Surat al-Nisa’, and the Prophet’s visions as described in Surat al-Najm.

Anne Marie McLean

Executive Assistant

Anne Marie McLean is the Executive Assistant for the International Qur’anic Studies Association. She studied Religious Studies and Political Science at Emory & Henry College and received a Masters of Theological Studies at Emory University. She completed her second Masters of Library and Information Studies through the University of Alabama and works professionally as a Reference Librarian & Outreach Coordinator in academic libraries.

Hythem Sidky

Executive Director

Hythem Sidky is the Executive Director of the International Qur’anic Studies Association. His research combines expertise in the sciences with a specialization in qur’anic manuscripts and reading traditions. He holds an M.S. in applied mathematics and Ph.D. in biomolecular engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Hythem’s dual background allows him to bring together traditional philology and mathematical analysis to study the dynamics and evolution of the Qur’an in early Islam. He has worked on the stemmatics of qur’anic manuscripts, reconstruction of regional oral traditions, and continues to investigate applications of stylometry to the Qur’an.