The prior course “C13-Understanding Islam” is strongly suggested as preparation for this course
This course will be taught in interactive style. It is meant to familiarize students with the Quran: navigating chapters and themes, and focusing on the scholarly methodology behind understanding and interpreting the verses. We will discuss a number of theological themes, reading & discussing verses. Students will provide their insights, perspectives and opinions on these verses. The course is designed to familiarize students with the book and the methods employed to understand and discuss it, as well as the role of differing opinions concerning it.
GROUP LEADER: Mona Ives is an American-born Muslim who fuses her American heritage with her Islamic studies. After starting a major in International Relations at Boston University, Mrs. Ives completed her education in Pakistan where she studied Arabic and Islamic Theology with a specialization in Comparative Religion at the International Islamic University in Islamabad. She now focuses her efforts on Islamic education, interfaith activities, outreach into the Worcester community, and charity work.
REQUIRED BOOK: A copy of the Quran translated into English. Please use one of the following: Quran: A Simple English Translation by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan. , or The Holy Quran translation by Abdullah Yusuf Ali or The Meaning of the Glorious Koran by Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall. or The Koran Interpreted by Arthur Arberry or The Message of the Qur'an by Muhammad Asad.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609