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Fall 2012-2013
* NES 240 / REL 240 (EM)  

Muslims and the Qur'an

Muhammad Q. Zaman

A broad-ranging introduction to pre-modern, modern, and contemporary Islam in light of how Muslims have approached their foundational religious text, the Qur'an. Topics include: Muhammad and the emergence of Islam; theology, law and ethics; war and peace; mysticism; women and gender; and modern debates on Islamic reform. We shall examine the varied contexts in which Muslims have interpreted their sacred text, their agreements and disagreements on what it means and, more broadly, their often competing understandings of Islam and of what it is to be a Muslim.

Sample reading list:
M. Abdel-Haleem, The Qur'an: A New Translation
Jonathan Berkey, The Formation of Islam
Fazlur Rahman, Major Themes of the Qur'an
Bernard Weiss, The Spirit of Islamic Law
Attar, Conference of the Birds
Kecia Ali, Sexual Ethics in Islam

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading: About 80 pages per week. Writing: Two take-home exams: the first at mid-semester, the second at the end of the semester.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Mid term Exam - 30%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Quizzes - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20336 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W   McCosh Hall   28   Enrolled:71 Limit:100
P01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   207   Enrolled:15 Limit:14
P02 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   207   Enrolled:13 Limit:14
P03 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   207   Enrolled:9 Limit:14
P04 10:00 am - 10:50 am F   Frist Campus Center   234   Enrolled:14 Limit:14
P05 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:11 Limit:14
P06 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Th   McCormick Hall   361   Enrolled:9 Limit:14