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This subject is an introduction, in English translation, to the most important text of Islam, the Qur'an, which Muslims regard as the primary source of Islam. Students will study: the origins of the Qur'an, its overall structure and content, major themes, approaches to its interpretation, and its function in Muslim religious, social, cultural and political life. The themes and topics covered (such as God, ethics, women, state, inter-faith relations, violence) should assist students in understanding contemporary debates on the relevance of Islam today.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a good understanding of the origins of the Qur'an, its overall structure and content, major themes, approaches to its interpretation and its functions in Muslim religious and socio-political life
- Compare the Quran to other similar scriptural texts of other religions and engage with related Qur'anic discourses from a comparative perspective
- Critically examine and analyse a range of Qur'anic discourses keeping in mind the diversity of voices within Muslim tradition, and communicate this orally and in writing.
Last updated: 20 February 2024