Academic Programs 
      

  Maidservants of Allah: The Spirituality of Muslim Women  (WS-630)
Winter/Spring 2005

In 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 Muslim societies and cultures? Wise scholars, Medieval saints and contemporary Qur’an reciters will be our guests in chronicles and in person as we share in the spirituality of Muslim women. 

 

Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
Wednesdays from 7:00-9:20 p.m. beginning on January 26th

Ingrid Mattson
Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations 
 

Contact Information:

phone: 
(860) 509-9531
email:  imattson@hartsem.edu

 


Course Syllabus



In 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. 

 

Course Requirements*:

  • Students are expected to respond in class to required readings.  Students will be graded for participation and will lose points for unexcused absences from class.

  • Students will submit one 300-word book reports on a book approved by the instructor.  These reports will be shared in class.

  • The 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 Dean’s office.

  • In 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.

 

Grading:          

Participation                             30%
Book report                              20%
Research paper/project              50%

 

Deadline:            Final paper/project due:  June 3, 2005.

*Note:  D. Min. students need to contact the instructor for their assignments.

 

Required Readings:

The 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:

  • The Quran:  a new translation by Thomas Cleary  (a good translation but has only the English translation and no index or notes).
  • The Majestic Quran published by Starlatch (great translation but it is expensive and heavy).
  • The 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).

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