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Religious Studies

REL 250 Introduction to the Qur'an (1)

This course examines the history of the Qur’an as religious text, historical document and moral code. The scriptures of the Muslims will be discussed in light of different interpretations and commentaries from the medieval and modern periods, comparing “literal,” figurative and progressive readings. The following questions will be examined: How were these texts transmitted over thousands of years? What are the earliest manuscripts available to us now? How were these scriptures understood at various points in history? And can they be reconciled with contemporary commitments such as those to equality and human rights?

  • General Education Requirement: Arts & Humanities; World Engagement: CV
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Staff

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