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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; 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 2022 annual meeting, we are especially interested in proposals highlighting new or developing areas of research in relation to the Qur’an, and/including the following topics:

  • The Qur’an in Africa and African diaspora communities
  • The Qur’an and apocalypse, catastrophes, and/or the natural world
  • Global or transregional dimensions of the Qur’an
  • Shi`ite Qur’an interpretation, especially Safavid tafsir
  • The Qur’an and Gender
  • Pedagogy and teaching the Qur’an


Statement of Purpose


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

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