CONF/CfP: The Qur’an: Text, Society & Culture, 2013

Publish Date: Mar 15, 2013

Deadline: Jun 01, 2013

Event Dates: from Nov 07, 2013 10:00 to Nov 09, 2013 06:00

Conveners: Professor M.A.S. Abdel Haleem & Dr Helen Blatherwick

Venue: Brunei Gallery

Room: KLT (07/11/2013) & BGLT (09-10/11/2013)

Type of Event: Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS: Deadline for abstracts: 1 June 2013

Proposals are invited for the Eighth SOAS Conference on the Qur’an, to be held from Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 November 2013. The conference series seeks to provide a forum for investigating the basic question: how is the Qur’anic text read and interpreted? Our objective is to encompass a global vision of current research trends, and to stimulate discussion, debate and research on all aspects of the Qur’anic text and its interpretation and translation.

While the conference will remain committed to the textual study of the Qur’an and the religious, intellectual and artistic activity that developed around it and drew on it, contributions on all topics relevant to Qur’anic studies are welcomed and attention will also be given to literary, cultural, sociological and anthropological studies relating to the Qur’an. The final conference programme will take account of the range of proposals actually accepted.

Selected papers will be published as articles in the Journal of Qur’anic Studies, subject to standard outside refereeing. Speakers are expected to give priority to JQS when publishing these articles.

The deadline for abstracts is 1 June 2013.

Abstracts of up to 400 words and a short bio (of up to 200 words) should be submitted in Word format by email attachment to

The primary conference language is English, but papers may be presented in English or Arabic.

All applicants will be notified of the status of their proposals in July.

Presented papers should be 25 minutes long, and will be followed by 5 minutes for questions per paper.

Further Information:

It is Centre of Islamic Studies policy to reimburse featured speakers for their standard travel expenses, hotel accommodation and board. We do, however, encourage speakers to try to obtain some funding from their home universities or other sources wherever possible.

If you would like further information on the conference series, this page will be updated with the conference programme from September 2013, on an ongoing basis.


For general enquiries, please contact the conference administrator
For academic enquiries only contact Dr Helen Blatherwick at

No registration is required for this conference and all are welcome to attend.

Organiser: Centre of Islamic Studies, SOAS, University of London

Sponsor: House of Wisdom

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