QUR221 Analytical Interpretation of Quran 1

Course Description:

This course covers the analytical interpretation of Surat Al-Baqarah. This analytical approach breaks down the chapter into major themes. Relationships among these themes will be explored and examined in the light of reasons of revelation and the Sirah of Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) whenever possible. This approach will be supported by understanding the verses based on classical and traditional methods of interpretation. Examples of legislative verses and how they are interpreted will be studied also. The two approaches, the modern analytical and the traditional classical, will go hand in hand in analyzing and understanding the different parts of Surat Al-Baqarah.

Course Code: QUR221

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: QUR101

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will study the interpretation of Surat Al-Baqarah, developing skills used in the analytical interpretation of the Quran, and practice the application of methods through short class presentations.
  • Students will examine the different themes of Surat al-Baqarah and present them in short essays and video presentations.
  • Students will be able to write an essay comparing and contrasting the classical methods of interpretation to the analytical method.
  • Students will be able to practice how to use the classical interpretation to guide the analytical interpretation through instructor led assignments.
  • Students will be able to provide examples of how the Seerah plays an important role in understanding the Quran.
  • Students will be able to list some of the legislative verses in Surat al-Baqarah, with its historical context and reason of revelation.

Course Outline:

  • Time of revelation, and reasons behind the revelation.
  • Categories of people.
  • Story of Moses and the Israelites.
  • “Building a community” is the main theme of the Surah.
  • Legislative verses in the Surah.

Main Textbook:

A guide to understanding the Holy Quran by Dr.Hamed Ghazali

Additional On-line Readings:

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In the Shade of the Quran by Sayyid Qutb

Grading and Evaluation:

  • Minimum passing grade 70%
  • Participation: 40% (10 assignments, 4% each)
  • Oral exam: 20%
  • Mid-Term exam: 10%
  • Research paper: 20%
  • Final exam: 10%

Guideline for Research Paper:

As part of the course, you are required to submit a research paper. The topic chosen must be relevant to the course and approved by the Instructor. The paper must meet the following requirements:

  • At least ten (10) double-spaced pages (not including the introduction and conclusion).
  • 1 inch margins.
  • 12 pt size (Times New Roman).
  • Follow the standard research paper structure with a Table of Contents, Abstract or Executive Summary, Introduction, Main Body, Conclusion, List of Reference.
  • The Main Body should be organized into logical chapters and paragraphs.
  • When quoting Hadith, a notation indicating its authenticity must be clearly mentioned.

Please Watch:

   How to Write A Research Paper

Communication Etiquette:

  • Post all your questions related to the course to the (Online Test) forum.
  • If sending emails directly to the lecturer, please include appropriate label in the subject line (Action Required/Info/Admin) and allow up to 3 working days for reply.
  • Limit telephone communication with the Lecturer to within specified office hours only.
  • When leaving a voicemail, please clearly state your name, course code, and contact number.

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To attend live – online lectures (on their scheduled time):

Virtual Class Room

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  • Interact with your teacher and classmates.
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  • View your grades.
  • All attempt must be made to submit assignments by the agreed due dates. Late submissions will be penalized.
  • Weekly materials and graded assignments will be posted onto the site by Monday – in sha Allah.
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