The Qur'an and its INterpreters

INAF/THEO 411 Course Description: This course will introduce students to the Qur’an (Koran), the holy scripture of Islam. We will examine its major doctrines, thematic development, literary style, and its relationship to pre-qur’anic, especially biblical traditions. Special attention is given to various methods Muslims have used to interpret the Qur’an. In providing students with a working knowledge of the Qur’an, we will look at the Qur’an as a historical source; the origin, compilation, and contents of the Qur’an; the forms of the Qur’an, as manifested in recitation, texts (mushafs), and calligraphy; and exegetical and theological analyses of (and debates surrounding) the content of the Qur’an.

We will visit a mosque. Check out some pictures of my previous trips:

I will discuss my experience presenting on the Qur'anic version of Abraham's intended sacrifice at the Jewish Museum of Berlin
We will learn about Sufi and mystical commentary and I will talk about this Sufi lodge that I visited in Tekke, Bosnia

"The instructor was excellent at facilitating a classroom environment of active discussion and thought. The content was informative and my peers contributed to the lively classroom dynamic." - Lamya Sidky


Created with images by Mo Costandi - "Calligraphy from an illuminated Koran"

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