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Engaging lectures on the Qur'an

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5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 13.01.2020

A truly excellent course showcasing both the historical context and inner structure of Islam's holy text. As a theologically inclined nonbeliever, I found the lectures to be thorough from a scholarly perspective, and I gained an admiration for the complex tapestry of this religious tradition. What I found particularly refreshing is that emphasis is put on the history and the text instead of current affairs and political debates. The intermittent readings in Arabic are both beautiful in their own right and convey the importance and ritualistic aspect of the oral tradition. Highly recommended!

Varied overview of the utopian genre

5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 06.04.2019

The course develops numerous key texts in a way that works both in cases you have and haven't read the books in question. As genre boundaries are softened towards the end, expect Sci-Fi and Zombies. I'm not a great fan of these genres, but I enjoyed the lectures no less for that.

Wide-ranging and insightful

5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 29.03.2019

A wonderful overview of key texts and concepts. While I cannot say I had read all the books, it opened my way to some if them and enriched my understanding of those I did know.