Fall 2023

The Qur'an and Its Controversies

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-285  |  English, as ENGL-301  |  Religion, as RELI-285


Tariq Jaffer (Section 01)


(Offered as RELI-285, ASLC-285, and ENGL-301)  An exploration of several salient questions concerning the Qur’ān, the Islamic Revealed Book. How have Muslims explained the Qur’ān’s own proclamation of its supernatural origin and its miraculous quality?  How does the Qur’ān engage with and respond to the Hebrew Bible and Christian scriptures? Who has the authority to interpret the Qur’ān and why? These are just a few of the tantalizing questions that will occupy us over the course of the semester. We will also discuss the ways that the Qur’ān has been read as a work of law, theology, and mysticism, and how it has shaped theories of the state. Finally, we will isolate the Qur’ān from the Islamic tradition and explore the many ways that it can be read as a work of literature. 

Fall semester. Professor Jaffer.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on written work, readings, independent research, and oral presentations.

ASLC 285 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 02:30 PM - 03:50 PM LYCM 329
Th 02:30 PM - 03:50 PM LYCM 329


Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Fall 2022, Fall 2023