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Centre of Islamic Studies

Journal of Qur'anic Studies

The Journal of Qur'anic Studies, launched in October 1999, is the first scholarly periodical dedicated to the study of the Qur'an. It aims to address the importance of the Qur'an for Islam and Islamic Studies, along with other issues vital to the development of Qur'anic Studies as a discipline.

The Journal is a biannual, bilingual, peer-reviewed journal and publishes original articles on all aspects of the Qur'an, focusing on the linguistic and stylistic features of the text, while also discussing the Qur'an's influence on literature, theology, law and political and social studies.

In addition, the Journal of Qur'anic Studies addresses new approaches and ways of reading and re-reading the Qur'an. The traditional concern with the 'determination' of the origin and development of the Qur'an is now just one of many approaches being adopted by scholars in their exploration of the Qur'an as a sacred text, a cultural phenomenon, a historical source and literary masterpiece. All of these approaches, new and old, may inform each other, and a dedicated periodical is a useful way of enabling the diverse and developing methods of Qur'an scholarship to come together.

The Journal of Qur'anic Studies is a shared space for all those whose concern is the Qur'an and its study; the Journal is not a platform for one view or set of views at the expense of another, nor does it flinch from addressing issues of controversy in the field.

The criteria of the Journal reflect those of our readers: scholarly rigour, the disinterested pursuit of knowledge, new ideas and approaches grounded in the best traditions of textual and religious scholarship.

Articles are published in both Arabic and English, to create a strong and unique link between scholars in the West and the Muslim world. Authors from all over Europe, the United States, Asia and Africa are invited to contribute. Although the Journal is principally dedicated to articles, it also contains book reviews and a Notes and Correspondence section providing information about activities related to the Qur'an, such as conferences, courses, forthcoming publications and theses.

The Journal of Qur'anic Studies is published twice yearly. Links to the Journal's homepage, which contains links to contents and abstracts and details of how to subscribe can be found above or choose Journal of Qur'anic Studies Subscription for details of subscription rates.