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Martha G. Newman, Chair BUR 529, Mailcode A3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-7737

Spring 2006

R S 358 • Classical Islamic Studies-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43535 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
PAR 302

Course Description

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.

Grading Policy

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


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