Islamic Texts: Language and the Synthesis of Classical Scholarship Part B
- Start date
- End date
- Year of study
- Year 1 or Year 2
- Term 2
- Module code
- FHEQ Level
This module is principally designed for students with an interest in medieval Islamic literature. Its main purpose is to introduce classical texts and traditions of learning not necessarily covered in the Qur’an and Hadith modules. Students read, translate and discuss examples of works from a variety of genres, diverse in form, yet all essentially concerned with the transmission of classical Muslim scholarship’s traditions of learning. Part B of the module focuses on the study of seminal literary texts from the disciplines of medieval Arabic linguistic thought and forms of classical exegesis. With a concern for both context and relevance, the module aims to provide a critical gauging of the conceptual constructs and intellectual forces which profoundly shaped medieval Islamic literature.
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
- Understand the historical form and content of the traditions of learning and modes of scholarship which feature in classical Arabic linguistic thought and the traditions of tafsir
- Read, translate and competently analyse selected Arabic texts from the disciplines of Arabic linguistic thought and exegesis
- Appreciate the written legacy of the medieval Islamic sciences
- Engage with the current academic discourses and theoretical issues which feature in the analysis and treatment of linguistic and exegetical texts
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
Course readings and discussions are guided by, but not exhaustive of, or exclusive to, the following major themes and topics:
- Arabic linguistic thought: Early grammatical treatises; Arabic lexicography; Philological concepts; Applied aspects of language
- Classical tafsir tradition: Early exegetical literature; Classical Qur'anic commentaries; Hermeneutics
Method of assessment
- One 3000-word essay (100% of final mark) due Term 3
- The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page
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