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Call for Papers: The Qur’an in History: the History of the Qur’an, from Canonization to Critique and Semantic Hermeneutics

The new Issue of Religions Journal would like to explore the correlation between the Qur’an, the word of God that through the Archangel Gabriel was inspired by God to Muhammad in the first half of the 7th century, and the historical events that in different ways have affected its understanding and interpretation during the thirteen centuries of Islamic history.

The main idea is to work on specific verses, precise suwar (part of them), or singular words through a historicized hermeneutical approach which could frame and share facets, insights, and makings which have settled the understanding of this revelation in a specific phase of Islam and human history.

Every single verse or chapter of a revealed text can be interpreted differently in relation to plural aspects (literalist semantics and metaphorical readings), at the same time, its significance can change in reference to the historical age as well as the events that widely influence its understanding by the society.

This Issue intends to highlight the complex connection between historical events and Koranic hermeneutics on specific arguments that emerged in the Islamic revelation. In the clear intention to not excessively circumscribe the historical phase, the focus is kept open, even if, in case, will be re-framed in relation to your abstract proposals.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 July 2022.

The purpose of this Issue is to enrich the academic debate on the necessary historicization of the Koranic revelation, highlighting the evolution of the hermeneutics on its singular peculiarities. Accordingly, different main arguments treated in the Qur’an (the understanding of previous Abrahamic faiths, the relationship with disbelief, the violence against the Other, the gender issue, the prophecy, etc.) have been explained differently in relation with the historical age after the canonization of the written version as well as the different phases of Islamic advancement or closure.

The main idea, starting from the achievements of Th. Nöldeke’s contribution on “The History of the Qur’an” is to move in the direction of Gabriel S. Reynolds’ “The Qur’an in its historical context”, but with a more specific analysis not on the revelation, generally speaking, but on the most singular features to overstress the attention on unclear passages, remarkable matters that associate the revelation with a specific historical phase. This, to show as any revelation, including the Qur’an, is inextricably linked to a socio-historical humus of reference, hermeneutically interpreted as re-interpreted in History.

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors pages. Religions is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

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