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'The Qur'an: Text, Society And Culture' Conference

Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 November 2013

SOAS, University of London

Convenors: Prof. M.A.S. Abdel Haleem and Dr Helen Blatherwick

Deadline for abstracts: 1 June 2013

Proposals are invited for the Eighth SOAS Conference on the Qur'an, to be
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
read and interpreted? Our objective is to encompass a global vision of
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,
politico-sociological and anthropological studies relating to the Qur'an. The
final conference programme will take account of the range of proposals

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

Submission of Abstracts:

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
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
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, please visit
the conference website at
<> . This will
be updated with the conference programme from September 2013, on an
ongoing basis.

For general enquiries, please contact the conference administrator at . For academic enquiries contact Helen
Blatherwick at <>.

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

Venue: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, Russell Square, Thornhaugh
Street, London WC1H 0XG

Dr Helen Blatherwick
Near and Middle East Department
SOAS, University of London

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