Interaction course, The Qur’an and the Bible: Introduction to the Qur’an and its Biblical Contexts

Course content

This course takes Islam as its point of departure. In this course we will conduct comparative analyses between Islam and its two main monotheist partners/competitors, i.e. Judaism and Christianity, but other religions will also be adressed (e.g. Manichaeism, Zoroastrism, pre-Islamic Arabian religion). The textual point of departure will be the Qur’an and the comparative analyses will concentrate on:

-      Thematic comparisons, e.g. strict theological themes like covenant, monotheism or creation.

-      Character comparisons, e.g., between the Qur’anic Abraham/Ibrahim and the various Biblical Abrahams.

-      Rhetorical comparisons, e.g. modes of narrative.

-      Ritual and cultic comparisons, e.g. prayer, ritual purity or cultic assemblies.

-      Institutional comparisons, e.g. between religious specialists like prophets or lawgivers.


Religious Roots of Europe

Type of assessment
Written assignment, -
Written paper
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment