Conceived as an authoritative scholarly work based on fourteen centuries of Islamic scholarship, the seven-volume Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qurʾān (IEQ) is the first English language reference work on the Qurʾān based entirely on primary sources. Held to a high standard of academic rigor, IEQ draws on a wide range of traditional Muslim sources, including exegeses, Hadith collections and commentaries, classical lexicons, biographical dictionaries, universal histories, works of jurisprudence, Prophetic biographies, and treatises on spiritual and moral psychology--some of which have never before been presented in any encyclopedic work in a Western language. IEQ integrates source material at several levels: its conceptual structure presents an integrated view of the overall message of the Qur’an; it incorporates and integrates various strands of Islamic scholarly tradition on the Divine text; and it presents a cohesive, cross-referenced text that is at once contemporary and classical.
Editorial Team (vol. 1)
Muzaffar Iqbal is founder-president of the Center for Islamic Sciences (www.cis-ca.org), Canada, and editor of Islamic Sciences, a semi-annual journal of Islamic intellectual tradition. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, he holds a PhD in chemistry (University of Saskatchewan, 1983), but has been studying Islamic sciences for the past two decades. His research interests in Islamic intellectual history include the Islamic scientific tradition, Islam and the West, and Qur’anic studies. He has written, edited, and translated twenty-three books and published nearly one hundred papers, most recently including Ashgate's four-volume Islam and Science: Historic and Contemporary Perspectives (2012). See here for a more detailed biographical note.
Okváth Csaba (Ahmad Abdur-Rahman), whose Hungarian translation of the Qur'an was recently published (A Kegyes Korán értelmi és tartalmi fordítása, 2012), embraced Islam in 1985. He holds a PhD (2000) from University of Eotvos Lorand, Budapest, in Arabic philology, for which his thesis was on the teachings of Ibn Taymiyya concerning the Beautiful Names of Allah. He has taught at different Hungarian universities for over a decade, and has also worked as visiting research scholar at the King Faysal Research Center (Riyadh) and the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur'an (Madina). His research interests include the Qur'an and its sciences (including translations), Prophetic biography, and the sciences of hadith.
Gibril Fouad Haddad was born to a Lebanese Catholic family in Beirut, Lebanon. He travelled abroad to continue his education, and converted to Islam in 1991 while attending graduate school in New York. He went on to study for about a decade in Damascus, and holds ijazas (scholastic licenses) from over 150 scholars across the Muslim world. He is an accomplished and prolific scholar, author, and translator. He has written dozens of books and hundreds of articles, for which see livingislam.org. He is currently a visiting fellow at the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Center for Islamic Studies, University Brunei Darussalam.
Aasim Ali Rashid is the Imam and Dean of Faculty of Higher Islamic Studies at Surrey Jamea Mosque, British Columbia, Canada. He grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, studied shariah in Ajax, Ontario, and continued his Islamic education (specializing in fiqh) in India and then in Dewsbury, England. He served as a professor of hadith, tafsir, fiqh, and Arabic sciences at Jaamiah al-Uloom al-Islamiyyah in Ajax, and established an institute of higher Islamic education for men and women in Montreal in 2003. In 2008, he completed a specialization in jurisprudence and Islamic finance from Jamiatul Uloom al-Islamiyyah (Binnori Town, Karachi, Pakistan).
Naseer Ahmad is a Hafiz of the Qur'an and a graduate of Jamiatul Ulum al-Islamiyya (Binnori Town, Karachi, Pakistan) and Wafaq al-Madaris al-Arabiyya (Multan, Pakistan). He obtained his shahadat al-alamiyya fi-l-ulum al-arabia wal-islamiyya, the equivalent of a Master's, in 1424/2003, and obtained a BA (Hons.) from the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIIU) in 2008. His MPhil thesis (IIIU) is on 150 narrators who appear in the Book of Adab of al-Haythami’s Majmaʿ al-zawāʾid.
Basit Kareem Iqbal is an academic editor and a PhD student at University of California, Berkeley. For years after completing a BA (critical theory/philosophy) from the University of Alberta and an MA (religious studies) from the University of Toronto, he worked as a freelance editor with professors and publishers across North America.
Zacharia al-Khatib was born in Edmonton, Canada, but spent the first half of his life in the far northern parts of the country. He subsequently studied history and English at the University of Alberta, spending numerous summers studying classical Arabic in Syria. He finally traveled to Damascus to undertake formal studies at the Ma‘had al-Tahdhib, where he spent a number of years studying the classical curriculum. He also spent significant time studying privately, learning tajwid and other subjects. One of his main areas of focus is hadith methodology, which he studied with the noted muhaddith Shaykh Mujeer al-Khatib al-Hasani.
Muhammad Isa Waley is Lead Curator of Persian at the British Library, London. He holds an MA in Oriental Studies from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Persian Literature from the University of London. His main research interests are the bibliographic, palaeographic, and codicological aspects of Islamic manuscripts, and the classical verse and prose literature of Islamic spirituality in Persian, Arabic, and Turkish. He has extensive experience as an editor, having worked in this capacity for Dar al-Taqwa, Mountain of Light, Al-Furqan Foundation, Turath Publishing, and a number of eminent Muslim scholars.
Contributors (vols. 1)
Shaykh Yousef Abu Sneineh
Imam and Khatib
al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem
"IEQ provides Muslims and non-Muslims alike with English-language access to a world of erudite Muslim scholarship that is not easily accessible in any other way. This exceptional undertaking is of value both to Muslims and to others for whom high-quality scholarship on the Qur'an written from a Muslim perspective has been hard to access in languages other than Arabic. Scholars of all types will benefit from this direct insight into the fascinating world of Qur'anic scholarship and tradition."
"It is of the utmost importance to have scholarly works on the Qur’an of the highest quality, which would be acceptable as scholarly work in the non-Islamic parts of the world (especially in the West), but which would be from a Muslim point of view. This is not an impossible achievement--in the same way that in the West itself, where the secular scholarship on religion has become a tool for the secularization of religion, nevertheless there are reference works such as the Catholic Encyclopedia, distinct in approach and content from Encyclopedia Britannica, and in which, if you want to read about Saint Thomas Aquinas, for example, he will be understood from a Catholic perspective. We need Islamic scholarship that is authentically Islamic, not just composed by scholars with Muslim names, and which at the same time addresses the central issues of Islam, its sacred Scripture, its laws, its theology, philosophy, and so forth. The Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur’an is a very important contribution to that laudable and absolutely essential goal--the Holy Grail, really, of Islamic scholarship. And for that reason, all those who are involved in this project should be congratulated. These volumes will soon be in every library in the West, so that if someone is reading about tafsir, they not only go to a Western interpretation of the Muslim commentary traditions but also one that is from an Islamic point of view. This is a great service to Islam, a great service to Islamic studies in the West, and a great service to comparative religious studies into the future."
Seyyed Hossein Nasr
University Professor of Islamic Studies
George Washington University
Washington D.C, USA
"It is indeed a superb piece of work, excellently conceived and scrupulously executed, a vast and authoritative compendium of Sunni scholarship on the Qur’an. All the contributors deserve to be congratulated on their labors. Having myself contributed to a number of encyclopedias over the years, I know of the vast amount of effort required to produce deceptively brief summations of complex topics."
Professor Emeritus of Persian Studies
Near Eastern Studies, University of California,
"Indeed, the Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qurʾān is the most beneficial project of our time. Its goal is to convey the authentic message of the Noble Qurʾān to the contemporary readers by tapping into the Book of Allah, the Sunnah of His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and by following the path of the traditional scholarship laid out by the righteous forebears. Thus we turn toward Allah Most High from the sanctified environs of the Holy Land and from the niche of the blessed Masjid al-Aqṣā, imploring Him to grant abundant rewards and goodness to the editors and the contributors of this work, and ask Him to bring us together in the gardens and rivers, in a seat of honor by a Mighty King (Q 54:54-55). And all praise is for Allah, Lord of all the Worlds."
Professor Andrew Colin Gow
Director of Religious Studies
University of Alberta, AB, Canada
"The entire volume is essential reading for everyone in the field of Islamic studies. The breadth of sources employed for each article is exemplary. If the remainder of the volumes are of the same quality as the first, the IEQ will reshape the field of Quranic studies in the Western academy for generations to come. The quality of scholarship demonstrates that one can do superb scholarship in the manner of Western academia without adopting the premises of its secular worldview."
Dr. Joseph Lumbard
Brandeis University, MA, USA
"A dream come true. I still can vividly remember the day when I first met the General Editor of the IEQ. What was most striking, in fact awakening, about him was the sheer passion with which he talked about the project…From then on, news trickled through as how the necessary resources, both intellectual and to some extent financial, were bolstered to make this worthy dream come true. Now we can behold this benign giant materializing. And hopefully, in due course, it will be in the hands of the free-spirited who wish to learn the truth. Sheer will power, incessant hard work and calculated methodology aside, what made this noble project come to fruition against all the odds is honest intentions. I am very optimistic that this blessed endeavor will capture the essence of the Qur’anic message and the true spirit of Islam and make it known to those who pay heed."
Dr. Waleed Bleyhesh al-Amri
Taiba University, Madina Munawwara, Saudi Arabia
"A most valuable resource for teachers, scholars, general readers and non-Muslims interested in Islam."
Shaykh Abdalla Idris Ali
Islamic Society of North America, Canada