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MENA 160A1 Notes Week 3 and 4

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Notes for week 3 and 4
The Religion of Islam
Professor Scott Lucas
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Date Created: 09/16/16
MENA 160A1 Class Notes Week 4  The Qur’an o The direct word of God o Eternal or created? --> has beginning and end but attribute of God o Gabriel is who gave it to Muhammad from God (he was the middle man/messenger) o Prophet Muhammad (610-632) disseminated it o Caliph ‘Uthman (644-656)  Political leader of Muslim community. Friend and son in low of Muhammad o Arabic then is different than Arabic today o Recite Qur’an out load during prayers daybreak, sunset, and night time o Qur’an= to recite/recitation/meant to be read o Decided Qur’an should all be the same written  Terms o Sura= chapter o 6200 verses o meccan suras- Witten before 622 and focused more on basic practices and beliefs o median suras- written after 622 and focus more on living and laws o earliest suras= 96, 68, 73, 74, 111 o last suras= 9,5 o Not arranged chronologically  Themes o Subject of Qur’an in a “double sense”: God= subject and a speaker o God is one o God has no partners o God sends messages o God gives life, cases death and raises up o God is merciful o God is a guide  Theological and ethical verses o The opening in the name of God, the lord of Mercy, the giver of Mercy  It is you we worship, it is you we ask for help a single request guide us to the straight path o The throne verse  Divine attributes  All that is in the heavens and the earth belongs to him  Kursi= chair (now) footrest (old days) or throne (khaj ledge)  Anthrophorism- God having human attributes  Suras 99 and 101- the End o About an earthquake o Pleasant life vs. bottomless pit o What does god do?  He does not like those who do wrong  Counsel: An ethical passage o Mutual consultation=encouraged o God doesn’t like those who do wrong o Stress patience and forgiveness  The sura everyone knows o He is god, the one o God is eternal o He fathers no one, not was he forgotten. o No one is comparable to him  Prophets in suras 19 and 21 o Zachariah and John o Mary and Jesus o Abraham  Ishmael and Isaac  Lot o Moses o Noah o David and Solomon o Job o Jonah  The 1 couple o Adams and the angel- angles bow down to Adam because God said to o Adam and Satan Satan didn’t bow down to Adam. God says Satan can try to lead people astray o Eve’s roll got Adam to eat forbidden fruit o Lesson learned- they’re naked, don’t get deceived, obey God but if disobey, repent  Sura of women o Origins o Polygamy- 4 is the maximum but need to treat all equally o Dower- money goes to wife. Can promise it to be repaid by divorce if it occurs o Peaceful settlement vs. divorce  Divorce can happen twice o To divorce simply say “I wish to get a divorce” o Remarriage after a divorce can happen 2 times then can’t happen again o Female divorce- woman releases man from dower and goes to court of all male judges


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