ISL 340 • Classical Islamic Studies
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
This writing-intensive, upper-division course will provide an overview of the core religious disciplines of classical Islam, as well as a foundation in the methodologies of each discipline for those students interested in further study of any one of them. In this course, we will focus on the following four religious disciplines: Qur'anic exegesis ("tafsir"); critique of the Prophetic reports ("hadith"); theology ("kalam"); and law ("fiqh"). Readings will be in both secondary and primary texts (all in translation). Writing components will include short weekly essays and a final project. This course will assume a basic knowledge of Islam, such as is provided by the Introduction to Islam course.
Weekly essays (33%), midterm exam (23%), final paper (28%) and class participation (17%).
Qadhi, Yasir, Introduction to Sciences of the Qur'aan Siddiqi, M. Zubair, Hadith Literature: Origins, Development and Special Features Watt, W. M., Islamic Philosophy and Theology Alwani, Taha J., Source Methodology in Islamic Jurisprudence Course Reader