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Exploring the Qur’an

Religion, Theology & Philosophy
9 weeks
Weekly Study
Sep 9-Nov 10
Register By
September 14, 2021

The Qur’an is the divine revelation on which the religion of Islam is based. Shoghi Effendi has emphasized the importance of Bahá’ís’ studying the Qur’an: “They must . . . approach reverently and with a mind purged from preconceived ideas the study of the Qur’an which, apart from the sacred scriptures of the Bábí and Bahá’í revelations, constitutes the only Book which can be regarded as an absolutely authenticated Repository of the Word of God” (The Advent of Divine Justice 49).

In a letter written on his behalf, Shoghi Effendi advises “the friends to make a thorough study of the Qur'an, as the knowledge of this sacred Scripture is absolutely indispensable for every believer who wishes to adequately understand and intelligently read, the writings of Bahá’u’lláh” (Directives of the Guardian 63). In Exploring the Qur’an, we will examine Bahá’í references to the Qur’an and study a summary of the Qur’an and the tenets of Islam. Then we will study how the Qur’an describes itself and delve into several topics in the Qur’an: the nature of God; divine unity; the Prophets of God; and the Latter Day. Finally, we will discuss some Qur’anic verses as they relate to the Bahá’í Faith.

Meet Your Faculty
Susan Maneck, PhD
WI Department Coordinator, Assoc Prof Jackson State University

Dr. Susan Maneck is an Associate Professor in the History and Philosophy Department at Jackson State University where she teaches courses in the Middle East and South Asian History, World Civilization, and Comparative Religion. She received her Master’s degree in Oriental Studies and her PhD in Asian and European History... See Faculty Bio

Necati Alkan, PhD
Research Associate, University of Bamberg

I have been fascinated with Bahá’í Studies, especially history, since my youth. Studying Islamic Studies and History, then, at the university, opened new vistas for me. By learning Arabic, Persian and in particular Ottoman Turkish, beside my native Turkish and almost native (education) language German and English, I felt equipped... See Faculty Bio

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