AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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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.
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: Animals and the Qur’an, 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, etc.), Ulum al-Qur’an. 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 solicits proposals that can be linked to other units in the AAR, since linking with other units allows an additional session for each 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, please feel free to contact the co-chairs.