MIDEAST 295 - First Year Seminar in Middle East Studies
Fall 2022, Section 003 - The Qu'ran and Its Interpreters
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Middle East Studies (MIDEAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course has three primary objectives. First, to introduce students to the main historical, thematic, and literary features of the Qur’an as both a scripture considered sacrosanct and infallible by Muslims and as a literary text whose style, imagery, and poetics have exerted a wide-ranging influence on the development of art, culture, and intellectual and social life of Muslims from North and West Africa to Russia, Central Asia, China, and Indonesia. Second, to assist students in refining their thinking, speaking, and writing skills by discussing a major world scripture and its role as an ideological and intellectual force that shapes, and is itself shaped by, the experiences of its followers across time and space. Third, to foster an informed and sophisticated understanding of the role and place of the Qur’an in contemporary Muslim life thought and practice. To achieve these goals, the course explores how classical forms of appreciation and interpretation of the Qur’an have transitioned into the present and have been reshaped, often drastically, by the geopolitical, social and cultural condition of the human race that we call “modernity".

Course Requirements:

  1. Two short essays (4-6 pp. each): 15% each; 30% overall.
  2. One mid-term exam (essays/commentaries on one or two Qur’anic passages and identifications of personalities, concepts/terms and places): 20%.
  3. A final exam (responses to questions and commentaries on two Qur’anic passages).
  4. Attendance and participation in discussion: 25%.

Intended Audience:

All first-year students

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly


MIDEAST 295 - First Year Seminar in Middle East Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
6Enrollment Management
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (SEM)
 In Person
6Enrollment Management
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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