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Quran Syllabus2011



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Relg b e Qur n Professor Travis Zadeh Class Schedule pm T Location Hall O ce Hours Wed pm or by appointment tzadeh haverford edu C D is course seeks to introduce students to the ur n Emphasis will be placed on the rhetoric and literary dimensions of the ur n such as form content and structure as understood by Muslims past and present particularly through the doctrine of divine inimitability i j z We will contextualize our readings from the ur n by exploring the various branches of ur nic studies ul m al Qur n as they developed over time Topics include the collection and transmission of the ur n the relationship to Jewish and Christian traditions the nature of divine speech the debates concerning the translation of the ur nic ritual intersections with scripture material culture the d e ve l o p m ent o f e xe g e ti c a l traditions gender and the ur n and contemporary approaches by both Muslims and non Muslims to the study of the ur n In addition to primary and secondary literature this course will also explore various artistic means of venerating the ur n through such forms as recitation tajw d and calligraphy kha C O is course overs a detailed presentation of the ur n as text exploring how it has been used and interpreted over time Students will acquire a broader understanding of problems related to the study of religion while developing analytical skills applicable to other elds of inquiry C D In addition to lectures this course serves as a forum to discuss issues raised by the material Participation consists not only of attendance and completing the required readings but also active involvement in discussion Required are weekly written responses to the readings paragraphs addressing questions assigned by the professor to posted on Blackboard and to be due each Wednesday by pm ere will one graded paper pages on the topic of translation and the doctrine of ur nic inimitability e mid term exam will test key terms and concepts e nal exam will cover the cumulative



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