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2014 Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA

Meeting Begins: 11/22/2014
Meeting Ends: 11/25/2014

Call For Papers Opens: 12/20/2013
Call For Papers Closes: 3/5/2014
Requirements for Participation

The Qur’an: Historical Context, Manuscripts, and Material Culture (IQSA)


Program Unit Type: Affiliate
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Panel 1: For the 2014 Meeting in San Diego we invite papers that deal with all eras and regions of the Qur’an’s manuscript tradition, as well as the variety of palaeographic, art historical, codicological, and historical issues one encounters in our discipline. For example, a paper topic may focus on presenting a particular manuscript or group of manuscripts, on exploring a feature of orthographic development, a particular script style, the dating of manuscripts, issues of textual criticism, systems of qira'at, on the Qur’anic arts of the book or on a feature of Qur’anic manuscript studies not listed here but that fits the general parameters listed in the description of the program unit.

Panel 2: Extending the practice of inscribing the Word of God beyond the mashaf to other materials was a contentious issue in early Islam. This panel aims to provide a forum for the study of the Qur’an as it figures on objects of daily use, as well as elite artefacts and buildings, and for the investigation of scholarly reactions to these developments in hadith collections and other textual sources. In this panel we invite contributions on any aspect of the Qur’an’s history and pre-history that lies outside the manuscript tradition. For example, topics relating to Qur’anic citation in the epigraphic (including graffiti as well as formal inscriptions), architectural, ceramic, numismatic and papyrological records and the use of the Qur’an in funerary, apotropaic and prophylactic contexts would be most welcome. Topics concerning pre-Islamic inscriptions that might have a bearing on the later formulation of the text of the Qur’an are also welcome.

Proposals should include a title and an abstract of approximately 400 words.

Program Unit Chairs

 Keith Small
 Luke Treadwell

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