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Introduction to the Qur’an: “Sharia and Jihad: The Qur’an as Legal Text”

January 24, 2021 @ 8:45 am - 9:45 pm

Introduction to the Qur’an

Our survey of the Qur’an from The Great Courses continues this Sunday, January 24, 8:45-9:45 a.m.   We will view and discuss Lecture 11 in The Great Courses: “Sharia and Jihad: The Qur’an as Legal Text”. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85411684152, meeting ID: 854 1168 4152, or call: (312) 626-6799.


The untranslated words sharia and jihad might best be understood, as, respectively, “searching for God’s will” and “the universal struggle for justice,” rather than the simplistic, and thus fundamentally inaccurate, concepts of judicial law and holy war. The lecture will consider the complex meaning of each term, and how they are further explicated through a rich history of fatwa, or legal opinion.


Last Sunday we explored the Qur’anic roots of the “Five Pillars of Islam”: Shahada (Profession of Faith), Salat (Prayer), Zakat (Almsgiving), Sawm (Fasting), and Hajj (Pilgrimage).  We learned that the Pillars are not found as such in the Qur’an, but are only generally referred to.  Their develop as formal practices came along later, supported by the Hadith (the life and deeds of Mohammad) and the Sunnah (the consensus practices of the Islamic community).  As such, the Five Pillars demonstrate how the core practices of Islam, as in other religions, evolved from rudimentary forms in the sacred scriptures to established customs.


The final session in this series is on January 31: “Qur’anic Philosophy, Theology, and Mysticism” (Lecture 12 in The Great Courses).  You are welcome to join us any time.


Due to the copyright nature of the lectures, we are not recording the sessions.  If you would like to view any lecture, let Pastor Jeffrey know and he will gladly set up a time when you can view it via Zoom.


If you would like to order the Course Guidebook, call The Great Courses, (800) 832-2412, and ask for the Course Guidebook for “Introduction to the Qur’an,” Course No. 6019 (available in book form only).  The cost is $7.50 plus shipping and sales tax.  You can also order the lectures themselves: www.thegreatcourses.com.


Questions: Pastor Jeffrey Phillips, (847) 636-6111.


January 24, 2021
8:45 am - 9:45 pm