Qur'an and Hadith Studies Part A
- Module Code:
- FHEQ Level:
- Year of study:
- Year 1 or Year 2
- Taught in:
- Term 1
The Qur’an serves not only as the foundational text of Islam, but also as the pre-eminent literary masterpiece of the Arabic language. With the aim of situating the text of the Qur’an within its historical and literary contexts, Part A of this module is aggregated around a percipient gauging of the discourses dominating the academic study of the Qur’an. Broaching the study of the text through a critical array of Arabic primary sources, the subjects and themes covered in the module include the Qur'an's language, structure, and composition; and thematic content. Additionally, a representative sample of the texts and treatises produced within the confines of the commentary tradition is also examined. The study of the materials of hadith features in Part B of this module.
Given that this is essentially a text-based module, it is expected that students should be able to read and comprehend classical Arabic material.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
- Situate the Qur'an within its historical context and setting
- Identify and gauge the distinct compositional and thematic elements of the Qur'an
- Appreciate the Qur'an's dynamic impact as a literary text across a range of classical intellectual discourses
- Acquire a critical awareness of the scholarly debates and discussions which have informed the academic study of the Qur'an
- Develop critical tools for the advanced study of Arabic Islamic literary materials
Total of 10 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week consisting of a 1 hour lecture and a 1 hour seminar.
Scope and syllabus
Selected topics include:
- Introducing scholarly discussions on the nature of the Qur'an with reference to the doctrine of the text's inimitability
- Thematic and stylistic features of the Qur'an: the application of Makkan and Madinan paradigms
- Juridical elements in the Qur'an: the interplay which defines non-legal materials in the Qur'an and the juridical elements contained therein
- The Concept of naskh and its historical development
- The Function of Qasas (stories) in the Qur'an; similarities and differences between Biblical sources and the Qur’an regarding the Story of Joseph
- Discourses surrounding the concept of coherence and its historical development
Method of assessment
- One 3000-word essay submitted Term 2 (100%)
- The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page
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