this class we will explore the spirituality of Muslim women past and
present. We will begin
with a study of the lives of female companions of the Prophet
Muhammad. How did their
concerns and perspectives affect the process of revelation and the
spiritual development of the early Muslim community?
Over the centuries, what roles did women play in the
establishment of religious institutions and spiritual orders?
What challenges have Muslim women faced in fulfilling their
spiritual needs? What
forms does female spiritual leadership take across diverse Musim
societies and cultures? Wise scholars, Medieval saints and contemporary Quran
reciters will be our guests in chronicles and in person as we share in
the spirituality of Muslim women.
are expected to respond in class to required readings.
Students will be graded for participation and will lose
points for unexcused absences from class.
will submit one 300-word book reports on a book approved by the
reports will be shared in class.
research paper must be on a topic approved by the instructor.
In addition to any monographs the student may find on the
paper topic, he or she must also consult the Index
Islamicus, the Religion Index or another source to
search for relevant scholarly articles.
The student is encouraged to submit a draft of the paper
before the final due date. Students
should follow Hartford Seminary guidelines for writing research
papers. A copy of
these guidelines are available from the course instructor or the
lieu of a paper, students may develop projects in which they
integrate and apply what they have learned in the course.
Examples of possible projects include:
a presentation designed for and delivered to a community
group, writing a piece of historical fiction, interviewing Muslim
women on a specific topic etc.
All projects must be approved in advance.
Research paper/project 50%
Final paper/project due: June
D. Min. students need to contact the instructor for their assignments.
instructor will be using many sources that are available only in
Arabic texts from which she will teach.
Other readings will be available in the library on the reserve
shelf. You are required
to purchase only a good translation of the Qur’an for use in class.
You may choose from any of the following translations:
Quran: a new
Thomas Cleary (a good
translation but has only the English translation and no index or
Majestic Quran published
by Starlatch (great translation but it is expensive and heavy).
Meaning of the Holy Quran
by Abdullah Yusuf Ali published by Amana Publications (has the
Arabic Quran parallel to the English translation, useful footnotes
and an index, but the translation is often awkward).