This course gave an overview of the structure, themes, and guidance contained in each of the 114 chapters of the Noble Qur’an. This was achieved through the systematic study of each of the chapters.
In particular, we looked at how Surah names are related to each Surah and the historical contexts of their revelation (Asbab al-Nuzul);The inter-textual relationship and coherence (Nazm) between verses of each Surah and the relationship with preceding / following Surahs;cross-referencing to other parts of the Qur’an in order to demonstrate how the “Qur’an explains the Qur’an”;explanation of key passages in each chapter; practical guidance and lessons that can be derived from each Surah.
We also discussed the linguistic and stylistic devices (Balaghah) used in the Qur’an, and some of the problems with translation and having alternative plausible interpretations.
Date: May 12-13 and 19-20, 2018
Time: 10am – 6pm each day
Where: Conference Room, Main Bldg, American Islamic College