PHIL 2011 The Qur'an: An Introduction

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101911

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Description This unit 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, and violence) should assist students in understanding contemporary debates on the relevance of Islam today.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Pre-requisite(s) HUMN 1047

Equivalent Subjects LANG 2017 - Great Texts of Islam Qur'an and Hadith

Restrictions Successful completion of 40 credit points of study in currently enrolled program.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a basic 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
  2. Analyse prevailing debates on the relevance of the Qur'an today
  3. Draw relationships between the Qur'an and other key texts such as Hadiths of Islam

Subject Content

. Introducing the Qur'an and its Context
. The Nature and Meaning of Revelation in the Qur'an and in the Islamic Tradition
. The History of the Holy Text and What is Meant by Scripture in Islam
. Major Themes of the Qur'an
. The Qur'an in Daily Life
. The Qur'an and Modern Western Scholarship
. Language and the Qur'an
. The Qur'an and Other Religions
. Islamic Law and the Qur'an
. The Qur'an and Interpretation
. Approaches to Interpretation: Mysticism, Theology and the Qur'an
. Early Modern and Contemporary Qur'anic Studies

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Minor Essay 1,000 words 30 N Individual
In-Class Lecture and Tutorial Exams x 2 500 words x 2 30 N Individual
Written essay 1,500 words 40 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Saeed, Abdullah. The Qur'an: An Introduction. London: Routledge, 2008.

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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