The course provides a brief introduction to the Qur’an and its history of interpretation, (tafsir). So, the course is both a historical introduction to the Qur’an but also to the Islamic sciences of interpretation (tafsir). We will survey briefly the compilation of the text, its main themes, and explore some important differences in Qur’anic interpretation. By the end of the course, students will be able to appreciate the diversity in historical and contemporary perspectives on the meaning of the Qur’an.
Walid Saleh (Ph.D. Yale 2001, Religion) is Associate Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. His interests include Arabic literature and language, modern Arabic poetry, the Qur’an and its exegesis in medieval Islamic Civilization. He is the author of several books and articles about Arabic and Hebrew Islamic texts and their history.
Course fee $150, $90 for those having a valid student ID and
$75 for under 18, unemployed or social assistance with valid proof.