The Qu'Ran and Its Interpretation

SAME AS RELST-UA.0781

This course is an introduction to the content and interpretation of the Qur’an, as well as to the ways in which it functions in Islamic ritual and practice. We will read selections from the Qur’an in English translation and examine the history of its interpretation over the centuries. We will then look at some of the trends in Qur’anic exegesis (including modernist, radical, and feminist interpretation) that have emerged in modern times. We will use anthropological studies, narrative and film to examine how the Qur’an is studied and experienced in different communities.

An introduction to the content, themes and style of the Qur?an and surveying the diversity of interpretive approaches to the text (legal, mystical, sectarian, literary, and politically engaged) in the medieval and modern periods.

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Fall 2020

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Marion H Katz
MW: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM ONLI