If anybody is looking for a great volunteer opportunity and would like to help out with the Blue & Gray Reunion and Freedom Jubilee Civil War Sesquicentennial event in Knoxville, April 30-May 3, please click on the link below. The link takes you to volunteer coordinators at the East Tennessee History Center who will find all kinds of places for you to help. Thanks!
Coming in the Spring of 2016: Religion 348: Quran and Contexts The Qur’án is sacred Scripture to 1.57 billion Muslims worldwide. The vast majority of Muslims claim that it contains the very words of God, delivered to the prophet Muhammad, in Arabic. Its language and cadences pervade Muslim thought and inform every aspect of Muslim life. Outside of Islam, however, the teachings of the book remain largely unknown or grossly misrepresented. This course will: provide an orientation to the teachings of the Qur’án, discuss the formation/revelation of the text and its foundational role at the origins of Islam, delineate internal (Muslim) theological discussions about the nature of the Qur’án, explore how the Qur’án has functioned within Muslim life and culture. The course will also examine the concept of ‘Scripture’ from a history-of-religions approach. MW 2:00-3:15