Course Description:

This course covers the analytical interpretation of Quran. We begin with Surat Al-Baqarah. This analytical approach breaks down the chapter into major themes. Relationships among these themes will be explored and examined in the light of reasons of revelation and the Sirah of Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) whenever possible. This approach will be supported by understanding the verses based on classical and traditional methods of interpretation. Examples of legislative verses and how they are interpreted will be studied also. The two approaches, the modern analytical and the traditional classical, will go hand in hand in analyzing and understanding the different parts of Surat Al-Baqarah.

Course Code: QUR221

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: QUR101

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the interpretation of Surat Al-Baqarah, developing skills used in the analytical interpretation of the Quran, and practice the application of methods through short class presentations.
  • Examine the different themes of Surat al-Baqarah and present them in short essays and video presentations.
  • Write an essay comparing and contrasting the classical methods of interpretation to the analytical method.
  • Practice how to use the classical interpretation to guide the analytical interpretation through instructor led assignments.
  • Provide examples of how the Seerah plays an important role in understanding the Quran.
  • List some of the legislative verses in Surat al-Baqarah, with its historical context and reason of revelation.

Course Outline:

  • Time of revelation, and reasons behind the revelation.
  • Categories of people.
  • Story of Moses and the Israelites.
  • “Building a community” is the main theme of the Surah.
  • Legislative verses in the Surah.

Main Textbook:

A guide to understanding the Holy Quran by Dr.Hamed Ghazali

Additional On-line Readings:

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In the Shade of the Quran by Sayyid Qutb

Grading and Evaluation:

  • Minimum passing grade 70%
  • Weekly Assignments: 30% (10 assignments, 3% each)
  • Attendance:  10%
  • Mid-Term exam:  10%
  • Final exam:  10%
  • Oral exam:  20%
  • Research paper:  20%

Guidelines for Research Paper:

 1- A part of the course requirements is to submit a research paper, except for certain courses.

 2- The chosen topic must be relevant to the course and approved by the Instructor.

 3- Joint project / research is allowed, up to 3 students, and upon the instructor’s approval.

 4- The paper must meet the following requirements:

  • Consider either MLA or APA guides for writing research papers
  • Follow the standard research paper structure with a Table of Contents, Abstract or Executive Summary, Introduction, Main Body, Conclusion, List of Reference
  • The Main Body should be organized into logical chapters and paragraphs
  • When quoting Hadeeth, a notation indicating its authenticity must be clearly

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  • Your work will be checked and graded on weekly basis, in sha Allah.

Vision Statement:

Guidance College shall be one of the top well-recognized universities in the United States that offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in specialized Islamic fields aiming at preparing moral and well-knowledgeable leaders who provide research-based Islamic alternatives that enable the Muslims to contribute to the success of their country.

Mission Statement:

Guidance College is the place where students gain their undergraduate degrees in authentic and professional specialized Islamic knowledge that recognizes modern-time realities and allows them to examine different branches of knowledge from an authentic Islamic perspective which enables them to think ethically, logically, analytically, and critically while making responsible and moral decisions aiming at improving the quality of life for all inhabitants of the earth with a full understanding and appreciation of the cultural and human differences.