This course aims to introduce students to the Qur’an – the central touchstone in Islamic thought and practice – through intensive engagement with the text (in translation) and through exploration of the historical, practical and interpretative traditions surrounding the text. The course will survey historical origins and development; highlight the Qur’an’s pervasive role in the daily lives, rituals and artistic expressions of Muslims; and examine Qur’anic form, content, and interpretation. The latter will involve in-depth study of the Qur’anic worldview and comparative analysis of historical and contemporary interpretative methodologies and conclusions.