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 triannual, 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.
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 thrice yearly.