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Qur'an Unit

Call for Proposals

The Qur’an Unit welcomes papers on all aspects of the Qur’an, including its text; Late Antique and historical context; literary, aesthetic, and material forms; oral and written transmission; liturgical use, role in the lives of Muslims; tradition of commentary and exegesis; and its influence in the world more broadly. We welcome proposals that represent the full range of how the Qur’an can be approached in terms of academic methods, as well as the full range of ways in which the Qur’an is interpreted and interacted with in Islamic tradition.

For the 2023 annual meeting, we are especially interested in proposals highlighting new or developing areas of research in relation to the Qur’an or that relate to the annual theme of La Labor de Nuestras Manos. Some possibilities for the latter include: reflections on the state of field, pedagogy, public engagement, mentoring sessions, etc.

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, scholars from all areas of the academy, and scholars of diverse backgrounds in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, and religion to help us achieve our goals of promoting an understanding of the Qur’an.


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection