First Introduction of Qurʾan Gateway Met With Accolades by Qur?anic Studies Community

Posted by Dan Brubaker  |  

“A powerful and sophisticated digital concordance whose advanced search functionalities […] tie in with debates that are […] at the forefront of Qur?anic Studies.” – Nicolai Sinai

“Qur?an Gateway is an incredibly powerful tool, both enhancing as well as replacing earlier digital Qur?an projects. QG’s depth and breadth of examination are simply unprecedented. The user interface is relatively simple, and help guides and videos are abundant. QG offers an incredible variety of ‘search’ functions, and empowers the researcher by cataloguing […] scribal changes in a growing list of manuscripts (also accessible) as well as ‘formulaic density.’ QG opens up new questions, and significant challenges exist as compiling exhaustive Qur?an manuscript data is nearly impossible […] Thanks to QG, these and other critical questions […] can be debated more robustly than before.” – Emran El-Badawi

“…I’m astounded […] Quite apart from putting qur?anic studies on a par with biblical studies, I’m not even sure anything as nice and usable as this exists for the Bible!” – Rachel Dryden, PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge

On November 20, 2017 a number of IQSA members and others attended the panel “Towards a Sophisticated Digital Concordance of the Qur?an: A Presentation of the Qur?an Gateway Project” in Boston at the Annual Meeting of the International Qur?anic Studies Association (IQSA).

The panel and the evening reception following marked a milestone for the Qur?an Gateway project as the first public introduction of this research tool that Dr. Andy Bannister, myself, and the research assistants Roy Michael McCoy, III, Joshua Falconer and a few others, have been working on now for nearly three years. It was a soft launch, and Qur?an Gateway is in beta with a projected hard launch in 2018.

With Qur?an Gateway (qurangateway.org), users can now:

  • Navigate to any part of the Qur?an in a variety of ways
  • Browse the entire text of the Qur?an in side-by-side format with Arabic, transcription, and English
  • Choose from several translations
  • Hover over any Arabic word to reveal a full parsing, then drill down further to see more details
  • Search the text of the Qur?an in English, Arabic, or Arabic transcription by word, root, or lemma
  • Easily access research works like Penrice and Lane at a click
  • Search for word associations
  • Search for formulae of 3, 4, 5, and 6 words throughout the Qur?an
  • See and search manuscript corrections, in most cases with photographs and detailed descriptions
  • Conduct an advanced search based upon other criteria of your choosing
  • Browse charts and graphs, and generate your own
  • Mark entries as “Favorites”

This is a partial list. We invite you to come check out Qur?an Gateway at qurangateway.org. When you do, please click “Register Interest” and enter your contact details so we can get back to you with an access code. If you have colleagues who may find Qur?an Gateway useful, please pass the word to them as well.

We are proud of this tool and hope that it will serve as a platform that will be of help to many of you and to many others in the years to come. Although it is already quite robust thanks to Dr. Bannister’s resourcefulness, digital prowess, and hard work combined with my own content and research on manuscripts, what we have done is only a beginning. We are humbly requesting the help of the scholarly community and in particular of IQSA membership to test this tool, give quality feedback, and bring any errors to our attention so that we can correct them.