The Qur’an is the primary authority in Islam, and Arabic – the language in which Muslims believe the Qur’an to have been revealed by God as God’s eternal word – is the primary language for the religious expression of Islam. It is revered as such by Muslims throughout the world, whatever their vernacular languages may be. Islamic orthodoxy insists that the Qur’an ceases to be the eternal word of God when it is translated into any other language. Translations are paraphrases, and paraphrases are interpretations.
This course is designed to assist participants in their journey of learning to read the Qur’an in Arabic by using Surah 12 in its entirety as the text. The course is not a language course in the common sense of teaching people to read, write, and speak modern Arabic the way it is spoken the Middle East today. Its aim, rather, is both linguistic and theological: to develop linguistic facility in the classical grammar and vocabulary of Arabic in relation to Qur’anic usage; to deepen participants’ appreciation of the aesthetic qualities of the Qur’an in Arabic; and to understand Qur’anic teaching through direct encounter with the text.
Day, Time and Dates:
Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:50 p.m., beginning Sept. 11