Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Koranic Studies
N370 | 21142 | Walbridge, John


The Koran and the Bible are the two most venerated books in history,
but the Koran is far less known and understood for English readers.
The purpose of this course is to introduce the Koran, its major
themes, and its history. Topics to be covered include:
 How the Koran came into being;
 The structure, style, and organization of the Koran,
 God and humanity in the Koran,
 The Koranic sciences, especially interpretation;
 The Koran in Islamic culture,
 The relationship of the Koran to Judaism and Christianity,
 Women in the Koran.
Previous courses on Islam are useful but not required. Students
interested in Islam, literature, religion, and culture are invited.
Allowance is made for different levels of experience. There is a
separate discussion section for students with intermediate to advanced
Arabic.