R. Michael Feener
This course is dedicated to an understanding of the primary scripture of Islam in the contexts of Muslim history and the broader 'History of Religions.' It begins with an examination of the Arabian context in which the Qur'an was first revealed to Muhammad and the complex process of its of compilation. Thence we proceed on to critical analyses of the text itself as well as selections from the vast literature of Qur'anic exegesis (tafsîr). Later sections of the class will address issues related to the role of the Qur'an in the cultural and political histories of a number of societies throughout the Muslim world. Prerequisite: No previous background in Islamic Studies or Arabic language is required for this course.
Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: No
Jointly offered as Religion 1810
Course location to be announced.
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