Muhammad and the Qur'an

Subject Name: 

Asian Languages & Civilization

Course Number: 
Amherst College

(Offered as RELI 282 and ASLC 282 [WA].)This course deals with the life of Muhammad (the founder and prophet of Islam) and the Qur’an (the Muslim Scripture). The first part deals with the life of Muhammad as reflected in the writings of the early Muslim biographers. It examines the crucial events of Muhammad’s life (the first revelation, the night journey, the emigration to Medina, the military campaigns) and focuses on Muhammad’s image in the eyes of the early Muslim community. The second deals with the Qur’an. It focuses on the history of the Qur’an, its canonization, major themes, various methods of Qur’anic interpretation, the role of the Qur’an in Islamic law, ritual, and modernity.

Spring semester.  Professor Jaffer.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
Schedule #: 

Course Sections

Muhammad and the Qur'an
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Tariq Jaffer

TTH 11:30AM-12:50PM

WEBS 220