This introductory course in Quranic Studies focuses on the shorter hymnic suras (chapters) of the Quran. In addition, students are exposed to passages related to themes of religious freedom and pluralism. Students learn traditional Islamic and contemporary western academic skills for reading the Quran, including structural and literary analyses and they write essays on selected suras and passages applying the methods that they learn in class. The course provides a safe learning environment in which diversity of perspectives is encouraged and differences of opinion respected.
Students must contact the instructor via e-email prior to enrolling in order to receive permission to register. Registration is contingent upon faculty approval. Students may take the course for 1.5 or 3.0 credits for partial or full completion of course assignments as instructed. Doctoral students may take the course for an added assignment of a 5000 word research essay.
Relates to SKSM Threshold 3 and MFC Comp 3.