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The Qur'an and its History of Reception

This is an introductory course on the Qurʾān, the sacred text of Islam, and on its reception both in the classical Islamic period and modernity. The course does not require prior knowledge of the subject and will introduce students to some of the major Qurʾānic themes and to the ways in which this foundational work has been interpreted by generations of medieval and modern readers. Topics to be discussed include the social, religious, and historical circumstances surrounding the emergence of the Qurʾān; the structure, style, and literary techniques underlying the Qurʾānic text; the tradition of religious exegesis (tafsīr) that developed in Islam; and key Qurʾānic narratives and themes. Students will acquire a basic understanding of the place of this scripture in the Islamic tradition and of its role in Muslim worship and cult. The class will consist of both lectures and student discussion on key themes covered by the readings. We will also be reading various Qurʾānic verses in a comparative perspective with the other monotheistic traditions.

Name of lecturer

Professor Damien Janos

How to apply

Applications can be made in person on Tuesday, 20th September 2016, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the Department of Religions and Theology, Room 5010, Level 5 of the Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2 or by post before 23rd September 2016.


€150 for the module. For security reasons payment should be by cheque/draft/postal money order only, made payable to Trinity College Dublin no. 1 account. A concession rate is available to second and third level students, unemployed persons and those in receipt of a social welfare pension.


Teaching in Semester 1 (Michaelmas Term) commences during the week beginning 26th September 2016. Please note this is a day-time course.


The module runs for a total of twelve weeks, with no lectures in week 7.

Further information

Contact: Jane Welch, Executive Officer, Department of Religions and Theology, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2. Phone: 01 896 1297, email: