Online Course | The Qur'an: An Historical Introduction

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Online Course | The Qur’an: An Historical Introduction

October 5, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - November 2, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Qur’an: An Historical Introduction

The Qurʾan (“Koran” in archaic spelling) is the sacred scripture of Islam, and according to Muslim belief, it is the word of God, not of the Prophet Muhammad. The aim of this introductory course is to explore the origins of the Qurʾan, its transmission and dissemination, and the nature of revelation in Islam. This course will also explore some of the major theological themes in the Qurʾan, consider different approaches to reading and interpreting the Islamic scripture, and, examine the relationship between the Qurʾan and contemporary issues such as war, peace, terrorism, and gender.

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the general contours of the Muslim sacred text.
  • Critically reflect on, distinguish between, and examine key varieties and aspects of the Qurʾan and its historical contexts.
  • Exhibit the analytic skills necessary to comprehend the relevance of the past to their understanding of the present, while becoming more familiar with their own assumptions and values.
  • Acquire a set of reading and discussion skills that allow them to engage texts and others in an informed and conscientious manner

Course Convenor
Ahab Bdaiwi is a historian of the late ancient and medieval near east focusing on early Islam (Quran and hadith), history of ideas, intellectual trends, and religion, and philosophy. He received a PhD in Arabic and Islamic studies from the University of Exeter. He taught Islamic history, religion, and philosophy at the Universities of St Andrews, William and Mary College, and Leiden University, where he is permanent. He is the current Cook-Crone Fellow at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge. He has written on medieval Islamic thought, intellectual history, and religion, and philosophy. He is the author of the forthcoming monograph Ancient Intellectualism in Medieval Islam (Brill, Leiden).

Weekly Topics

  • Prophet Muhammad’s Prophetic Experience and the Nature of Revelation
  • The Transmission of the Quran: Debates on Textual Integrity
  • Other Religions in the Qurʾan
  • War and Peace in the Qurʾan
  • Women in the Qurʾan
Course Length
5 weeks (5 lectures)

Dates and Timings
This is a five-week course, running on the 5th, 12th, 19th, 26 October and 2nd November from 7.30 PM – 9.00 PM each day.
Tickets and Booking

Tickets: £50 per person

*The course will be delivered via Zoom. Further details will be provided later upon registration.


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October 5, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
November 2, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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