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Fall 2017
Sep 23, 2017
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THEO 109 - Introduction to the Qur'an
This course offers an introduction to the scripture at the heart of Islam. As well as considering the Qur’an in its original context, the course will pay attention to classical and contemporary Islamic approaches to Qur’anic interpretation, and also to non-Muslim scholarship on the Qur’an. Features of the course include direct reading of a significant amount of the Qur’an, and the Qur’an in the interface between Islam and other religious traditions.

The course will begin with an overview of some introductory topics such as the historical origins of the Qur’an, its structure, main themes and language, and its place in the lives of Muslims. Several weeks will then be dedicated to the study of a representative selection of Qur’anic texts in chronological order, relating them to the changing contexts of Muhammad’s life. Alongside this fundamental focus on the Qur’an in its original context, attention will be paid to a range of interpretations of the Qur’an, Muslim and non-Muslim. In the second half of the course the focus will move to a more thematic approach, looking at topics such as the God-humanity relationship in the Qur’an, women’s readings of the Qur’an, and the Qur’anic account of Christianity.

The course seeks to offer an informed, respectful-outsider approach to the Qur’an and should be of particular value to students with interests specifically in Islam or more widely in the encounter between religious traditions. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Theology Department

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