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Tafsīr of Sūrat al-Hujurāt

(The Private Apartments)

What are the ethical teachings of the Qur’an? How are Muslims supposed to conduct themselves in the presence of the Messenger of God r and with one another in their day-to-day lives? What are the duties and responsibilities we have towards each other? How, in a civic society, ought people to treat one another at times of peace as well as conflict? Is there a difference between islām and imān – and if so, how are these connected to personal growth and moral development?

The following course shall attempt to answer these and many other questions by examining chapter 49 of the Qur’an entitled al-Ḥujurāt. Students will not only be introduced to the major themes and contents of this chapter, its teachings and interelated topics, but also provided a glimpse into the traditional methods of Qur’anic exegesis. By the end of this course, students are expected to have gained a better understanding of the way in which the Qur’an employs language and historical context to convey its message, as well a greater appreciation of the Qur’anic interplay between theology, law and ethics.

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