The Qurʾan, according to the majority of Muslims, is God’s word revealed to Muhammad through angel Gabriel over a period of 22 years (610-632 CE). This course will introduce students to Islam’s scriptural text: its content, form, structure, and history. It will also examine the Qurʾan as a seventh-century product and as a text with a long reception-history among Muslims, exploring how it influenced to varying degrees the formulation of salvation history, law and legal theory, theology, ritual, intellectual trends, art and popular culture, and modernization.
Fall semester. Five College Professor Mourad.
2019-20: Not offered Other years: Offered in Fall 2015