January 2013

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Call for Proposals

This Group invites proposals on the academic study of the Qur’an, including the following topics:

  • Analysis of Qur’anic text

  • History of interpretation of the Qur’an

  • Recitation/performative aspects of the Qur’an

  • Gender and interpretation

  • Qur’an and law

  • Textual criticism and the historical/textual milieu of the Qur’an

  • Papers with a pedagogical focus designed to educate members of the AAR on incorporating material about the Qur’an into their existing courses

  • Qur’anic themes, such as heroism and leadership

  • Qur’an and secularism

  • Qur’an and theoretical (constructive and critical) approaches

Successful proposals will reflect theoretical and methodological sophistication as well as innovative examinations of Islamic societies and texts. All prearranged sessions should consider the gender and diversity of participants. Respondents are essential. Innovative, interactive formats and multimedia presentations are welcome.


This Group 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 and scholars from all areas of the academy to help us achieve our goals of promoting an understanding of the Qur’an.

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposer names are anonymous to Chairs and Steering Committee members during review, but visible to Chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection.


Anna M. Gade
University of Wisconsin, Madison
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Walid Saleh
University of Toronto
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