An announcement appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education earlier this week about the formation of a new scholarly society to "support scholarship and teaching about the Koran in its historical, religious, and cultural contexts."
This undertaking, headed by the Society for Biblical Literature, is supported by a $140,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.
John Kutsko, executive director of the SBL, is reported in the Chronicle as saying the intention for this new Koranic Studies society is that it be "independent," and he says he and his fellow organizers are eager to avoid being seen as presumptuous
or as exhibiting a colonialist attitude. "We have no preconceived and
presumed ways of reading," he reiterates.
You can read the full text of the Chronicle article here.
[The above was paraphrased from the Chronicle article, and should not be understood to represent original reportage. Thank you to Professor Scott Newstock of Rhodes College for bringing the article to my attention.]