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2017 Annual Meeting

Boston, MA

Meeting Begins: 11/18/2017
Meeting Ends: 11/21/2017

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: 12/19/2016
Call For Papers Closes: 3/8/2017
Requirements for Participation

Linguistic, Literary, and Thematic Perspectives on the Qur’anic Corpus (IQSA)


Program Unit Type: Affiliate
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Surah Titles: Connections to Structure, Themes, and Rhetoric of Revelation. Many Muslim and non-Muslim students of the Qur’an assume that there is little connection between surahs and their titles, since most surahs are titled after words or themes that seem peripheral to their major themes. Moreover, manuscripts show that surah titles were probably a later addition to the Qur’anic text. Nevertheless, the connection between surahs and their titles deserves more scholarly attention, as it seems relevant to questions such as the unity of the surahs, their structure, and their possible central theme (common thread). Titles may also relate to the act of “providing a name for (a part of) the Revelation”, an act that has high hermeneutical connotation – and in this regard, much can be inferred from the study of several works by medieval and early modern scholars. The Linguistic, Literary, and Thematic Perspectives on the Qur’anic Corpus Unit invites proposals for papers that explore the connection between Qur’anic surahs and their titles, or any other aspect related to surahs titles.

Program Unit Chairs

Anne-Sylvie Boisliveau
Sarra Tlili

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