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RELS222 Qur'an and Hadith

An introduction to the principal scriptural sources of Islam, the Qur’an and Hadith, including the history of their exegesis by Muslims and their place in Islamic practice.

This paper has been specially designed with accessibility in mind and presumes no background in Islam. Topics include:

  • The notion of scripture in Islam and the Muslim understanding of revelation
  • Foundational concepts and the function of Qur'an and Hadith in Islamic law, philosophy, literature, culture, etc
  • Key interpreters and schools of interpretation, with comparative examples
  • Contemporary ethical issues in relation to the Qur'an and Hadith (private morality)
  • The Qur'an and Hadith as a resource used in resolving questions concerning law, society, violence, interfaith dialogue, etc (public issues)

Paper title Qur'an and Hadith
Paper code RELS222
Subject Religious Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Paper Structure
  • The earliest forms of Qur'anic scholarship, including the compilation of the Qur'an and its integrity and the significance of the role of reciters (qurra')
  • The different exegetical schools, classical and modern, developed by Muslims. This will include a critical examination of the features of the different exegetical schools in Qur'anic hermeneutics and comparison of passages from a number of classical tafsir texts
  • The concept of revelation, wahy, and the theological dispute about the temporality or eternity, huduth or Qidam, of the Qur'an and its impact on the interpretation of the Qur'an in terms of contextuality or universality of its teachings
  • The formation and the development of Hadith literature in the first three centuries of Islam, both in Sunni and Shi'i traditions
  • The main compilers of Hadith literature and their political and theological tendencies and the impact of all of these on their compilations, including an examination of the reasons behind the overwhelming acceptance of some of the compilations at the expense of others
  • An examination in translation of selected texts from the canonical collection of traditions, together with commentaries, which scrutinise traditions from theological, legal and linguistic perspectives
  • A critical assessment of the Muslim and Western scholarship in the study of traditions
Note: Knowledge of the original languages is not required; all texts will be studied in English translation.

Assessment:
  • Essay outline (500 words) 5%
  • Essay (2,500 words) 35%
  • Final exam (3 hours) 60%
Textbooks
To be advised
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Self-motivation, lifelong learning,research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Demonstrate an informed understanding of key concepts and major themes within the Qur'an and Hadith
  • Discuss critically the development and compilation of the Qur'an and Hadith and the oral and written transmission of these texts
  • Outline the methods of traditional exegesis of the Qur'an
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of Hadith terminology and how it was used in the process of sifting and classification of Hadith
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the place of the Qur'an and Hadith in Islamic practice
Contact
Associate Professor Will Sweetman: will.sweetman@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Will Sweetman
Lecturer: Dr Majid Danesghar
Teaching Arrangements
Weekly two-hour lecture/tutorial

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

An introduction to the principal scriptural sources of Islam, the Qur’an and Hadith, including the history of their exegesis by Muslims and their place in Islamic practice.

This paper has been specially designed with accessibility in mind and presumes no background in Islam. Topics include:

  • The notion of scripture in Islam and the Muslim understanding of revelation
  • Foundational concepts and the function of Qur'an and Hadith in Islamic law, philosophy, literature, culture, etc
  • Key interpreters and schools of interpretation, with comparative examples
  • Contemporary ethical issues in relation to the Qur'an and Hadith (private morality)
  • The Qur'an and Hadith as a resource used in resolving questions concerning law, society, violence, interfaith dialogue, etc. (public issues)

Paper title Qur'an and Hadith
Paper code RELS222
Subject Religious Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

^ Top of page

Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Contact
Associate Professor Will Sweetman: will.sweetman@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Will Sweetman
Lecturer: Dr Majid Danesghar
Teaching Arrangements
Weekly 2-hour lecture/tutorial.
Textbooks
To be advised.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Self-motivation, lifelong learning,research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Demonstrate an informed understanding of key concepts and major themes within the Qur'an and Hadith
  • Discuss critically the development and compilation of the Qur'an and Hadith and the oral and written transmission of these texts
  • Outline the methods of traditional exegesis of the Qur'an
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of Hadith terminology and how it was used in the process of sifting and classification of Hadith
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the place of the Qur'an and Hadith in Islamic practice
Paper Structure
  • The earliest forms of Qur'anic scholarship, including the compilation of the Qur'an and its integrity and the significance of the role of reciters (qurra')
  • The different exegetical schools, classical and modern, developed by Muslims. This will include a critical examination of the features of the different exegetical schools in Qur'anic hermeneutics and comparison of passages from a number of classical tafsir texts
  • The concept of revelation, wahy, and the theological dispute about the temporality or eternity, huduth or Qidam, of the Qur'an and its impact on the interpretation of the Qur'an in terms of contextuality or universality of its teachings
  • The formation and the development of Hadith literature in the first three centuries of Islam, both in Sunni and Shi'i traditions
  • The main compilers of Hadith literature and their political and theological tendencies and the impact of all of these on their compilations, including an examination of the reasons behind the overwhelming acceptance of some of the compilations at the expense of others
  • An examination in translation of selected texts from the canonical collection of traditions, together with commentaries, which scrutinise traditions from theological, legal and linguistic perspectives
  • A critical assessment of the Muslim and Western scholarship in the study of traditions
Note: Knowledge of the original languages is not required; all texts will be studied in English translation.

Assessment:
  • Essay outline (500 words) 5%
  • Essay (2,500 words) 35%
  • Final exam (3 hours) 60%

^ Top of page

Timetable

Not offered in 2018

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None