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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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Qur'an Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit seeks to provide a forum for comprehensive scholarly discussion of the Qur’an, its commentaries, and its role in Muslim and world societies through a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives. We particularly welcome student-scholars and scholars from all areas of the academy to help us achieve our goals of promoting an understanding of the Qur’an.

Call for Papers: 

The Qur'an Unit welcomes papers and organized panels on all aspects of the Qur'an, its role in the lives of Muslims, its tradition of commentary, liturgical use, aesthetics and material forms, and its influence in the world generally.

Topics that were mentioned at the last annual meeting are: The Qur'an and the Late Antique, the Qur'an and philosophy, Conceptions of time and history in the Qur’an, Liturgical uses of the Qur’an, Material culture and the Qur’an, Mystical letters and symbols in the Qur’an, Popular culture and the Qur’an, Reception history of the Qur’an, Regional issues and the Qur’an (e.g., the Qur’an in Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc.), Ulum al-Qur’an, The Qur'an in the context of teaching the study of religion. This list of topics is meant as inspirational rather than limiting. If you have a proposal not on this list, please be sure to submit it. The Steering Committee actively solicits proposals that can be linked to other units in the AAR, since linking with other units allows an additional session for each unit.

• Parody, Polemics, and Wordplay through Scriptural Interpretation
Together we propose an invited panel that focuses on Parody, Polemics and Wordplay through Scriptural Interpretation across religious communities in the (very) Late Ancient East and into Early Islam. Co-sponsored with the Quran Unit and the Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity Unit.

Evaluation of paper and panel proposals to the Qur'an Unit are done by the Steering Committee through blind evaluation based on the quality and clarity of the proposal without regard to issues of the presenter's age, status in the profession, gender, religious or ideological affiliation or other factors beyond the quality of the proposal. We hope that this will encourage all members to send us their best proposals. For any questions and help in crafting your proposal, please feel free to contact the co-chairs.

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
The unit's proposal to acceptance rate is an area we are working on. The accepted papers were strong this time, but our competition with IQSA at this meeting prompted some to deliver to that outside group rather than to the AAR. We anticipate that this might be a little better in Denver, since IQSA will not be meeting with us, at least as I understand,
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