SOAS University of London

Centre of Islamic Studies

The Qur'an: Text, Translation, and Culture, 2018

Convenors: Prof. M.A.S. Abdel Haleem and Dr Mustafa Shah

Date: 9 November 2018Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 10 November 2018Time: 5:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: BGLT

Type of Event: Conference


Deadline for abstracts: 15 May 2018

Proposals are invited for the Tenth SOAS Conference on the Qur’an, to be held from Friday 9 to Saturday 10 November 2018. The conference series seeks to provide a forum for investigating all aspects of the Qur’an and how it is 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’an.

Contributions on all topics relevant to Qur’anic studies are welcomed, but for this year’s session we have a particular interest in papers in the following areas:

  • rhetorical aspects of the Qur’anic text
  • the textual history of the Qur’an
  • literary approaches to the Qur’an
  • the Qur’an in translation
  • the Qur’an and the legal tradition
  • the Qur’an and ethics

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 papers.

Submission of Abstracts:

The deadline for abstracts is 15 May 2018. Abstracts of up to 400 words and a short bio (of up to 200 words) should be submitted in MS Word format to

The primary conference language is English, but papers may be presented in English or Arabic, Presented papers should be 25 minutes. 

Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposals on 29 June 2018.

Further Information:

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

If you would like further information on the conference series, please visit the conference webpages. These will be updated with the provisional conference programme from July 2018, on an ongoing basis.

For any enquiries, please contact

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

Organiser: Centre of Islamic Studies