NEAREAST 295 - First Year Seminar in Near Eastern Studies
Section: 003 Qur'an and its Interpretations
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Near East Studies (NEAREAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Islam’s sacred scripture, the Qur’an is the primary repository of the beliefs, values, rituals, and symbols of Islam, permeating the lives of over one billion people worldwide. This course examines the history, structure, and contents of the Qur’an as a text and the manifold ways in which it has been received, understood, interpreted, and contested by Muslims for over 1,400 years. After familiarizing ourselves with the history of the Qur’an, its composition, literary features, and major themes, we will explore the ways in which it has been present in Muslim life and thought across the ages, paying particular attention to its aural, devotional, social, and material dimensions, the issue of translation, and debates over interpretation and requirements/authority necessary to interpret its text.

Course Requirements:

  • Three short essays (5-7 pp. each) at the end of each thematic unit: 15% each; 45% overall.
  • A final exam (essays and ID’s), 30%.
  • Attendance and participation in discussion, 15%. Of these up to 10% will accrue to students on the basis of their class presentation(s) on a topic of their choosing or one assigned by the instructor.

Intended Audience:

Any students interested in Islam and history of religious scriptures more generally

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly

NEAREAST 295 - First Year Seminar in Near Eastern Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (SEM)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 9780521831604
The Cambridge companion to the Qur?a?n, Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2006
ISBN: 9780393927054
The Quran, Author: McAuliffe, Publisher: Norton 2017
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