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Meeting Program Units

2016 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, TX

Meeting Begins: 11/19/2016
Meeting Ends: 11/22/2016

Note that the deadline for paper proposals is 11:59 PM (23:59) Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5) on the day PREVIOUS to the deadline below.


Call For Papers Opens: 12/16/2015
Call For Papers Closes: 3/2/2016
Requirements for Participation

Qur’an Seminar (IQSA)


Program Unit Type: Affiliate
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: For the 2016 meeting in San Antonio, we have selected four passages that highlight four themes, to be discussed at two separate panels. The panels, with their passages and themes, are as follows: • Panel n. 1: o Passage 1: Q. XXVII, 45-58 (Narratives) o Passage 2: Q. XXXIII, 28-37 (Women/Contemporary events) • Panel n. 2: o Passage 3: Q. XLIX (Contemporary events) o Passage 4: Q. LXXXIII (Eschatology) Scholars are invited to submit commentaries for one or both of these panels. To participate on a panel, commentaries must be submitted for both passages in that panel. (Thus, those wishing to participate on both panels are asked to submit four commentaries; those wishing to participate on one panel are asked to submit two commentaries.) Each commentary must not exceed 400 words (prospective panelists should therefore submit no more than 800 or 1600 words). We especially welcome commentaries that address the Qur’an directly and do not rely exclusively on the categories of medieval exegesis. After reviewing the submissions, the QS chairs will select the panelists and post their commentaries on the QS IQSA website (which will be up in February) via a link whose access will be restricted to the selected panelists. In this way, each panelist will be able to review all of the selected commentaries prior to the Annual Meeting. In San Antonio, the QS will be structured as a round-table forum. Panelists will not be asked to prepare a traditional paper. Rather, for each of the four discussions, one panelist (a volunteer, agreed on by the chairs) will be asked to give a brief introductory overview, presenting the passage and summarizing and synthesizing the commentaries; all panelists will then engage in a free-flowing conversation, expanding on the ideas presented in the submitted commentaries. Both panels will be open to the public, who will have the possibility to ask questions on topics and issues emerging from the panelists’ discussion.

Program Unit Chairs

Clare Wilde
Mehdi Azaiez

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