Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Jihad in Islamic Texts
N695 | 16018 | Asma Afsaruddin


02:00P-04:30P W BH 137

P - AT LEAST 3 YEARS OF CONTINUOUS ARABIC INSTRUCTION

ABOVE CLASS OPEN TO GRADUATES ONLY

ABOVE CLASS REQUIRES PERMISSION OF DEPARTMENT

Jihad is a multi-faceted concept as treated in different Islamic
sources.  This graduate seminar will be devoted to exploring these
multiple dimensions of jihad through a close reading and analysis of
classical Arabic texts of various literary genres, with appropriate
review of classical Arabic grammar and morphology. As time permits, we
will read selections from the tafsir literature which contains
exegeses of key Qur’anic verses; excerpts from relevant hadith
sections, early siyar works, legal treatises, and fada’il al-jihad
(“excellences of jihad) literature.  Examples of works from each of
these genres include al-Tabari’s Jami’ al-bayan fi tafsir al-Qur’an;
al-Bukhari’s Sahih; Malik’s al-Muwatta’; Ibn al-Mubarak’s Kitab
al-jihad; al-Shafi‘i’s Kitab al-umm; Abu Yusuf’s al-Radd ‘ala siyar
al-Awza‘i; and Ibn Taymiyya’s Fiqh al-jihad.  Students must have had
three years of continuous Arabic instruction prior to enrolling in
this seminar.