Terri Lynn Deyoung
NEAR E 212
Emphasis on the historical context of the Quran, the history of the text, its collection, organization, and interpretation. In English. Offered: jointly with JSIS C 212.
This course will provide students with an introduction to the Qur'an (also spelled Koran), the most influential written work in Arabic, which has had an unmatched influence on the development of Islamic societies, institutions and Islamic literatures for more than 1400 years. The course will emphasize the historical context of the Qur'an's revelation, the history of the text, its collection, organization and interpretation. The course will be offered in English (no knowledge of Arabic required).
Student learning goals
Know the relative position of the Qur'an in the monotheistic scriptural tradition.
Be able to describe the most widely accepted accounts of the compilation of the Qur'an are.
Understand how different groups of Muslims currently approach the Quran in their practice of Islam, and how those practices developed
Be able to explain what the differences are, stylistically, between different sections of the Qur'an.
Know how the practice of commenting on the Qur'an (tafsir) developed and what the most authoritative tafasir are today.
Be able to explain what the role of the Qur'an has been in influencing 1) Islamic law and 2) Islamic theology.
General method of instruction
Lectures, supplemented by discussions and written responses to specific questions.
Class assignments and grading
Class participation 20% Midterm 30% Final Exam 50%