Description: (Same as Religion M108.) Lecture, three hours. Introduction to Qur'an, its early history, and form and function as scripture in Muslim history, civilization, and culture. Focus also on Qur'anic interpretation, its relationship to Islamic law, and Qur'an in contemporary discourses such as human rights, feminism, and contemporary reform movements. Primary sources include excerpts from Qur'an, Qur'anic interpretation, and selected writings of Muslim thinkers and reformists. Strong focus on analytical and writing skills through in-class assignments and discussion. Letter grading.