RLG100Y1 Lecture #17

RLG100Y1 Lecture #17 - November 17th, 2010 RLG100Y1 LECTURE...

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RLG100Y1 November 17 th , 2010 LECTURE NOTES Continued from last class. ... Madina became a theographic state in that it was led by a religious leader; became a paradigm for Islamic states thereafter. 632 CE – Mohammed dies The Qur’an: o Collection of all the revelations received by Mohammed during his lifetime; primary scripture for the Islamic faith; direct word of God; o Modest text; divided into 114 chapters; Chapters aren’t organized chronologically; they are organized by length; chronological – ch. 96 begins the tale; o Mohammed himself was illiterate; received a revelation, dictated it to members of his inner circle, who functioned as scribes; not formalized for a couple hundred years; o Early surahs (chapters) are very brief; some are focused on specific events; other chapters are more didactic and contain narrative material, illustrative tales/stories about other prophets; mixture of material o Composed in Arabic; vowels are left out in general Arabic, but in the Qur’an, there
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course RLG 100 taught by Professor Pearly during the Fall '08 term at University of Toronto.

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RLG100Y1 Lecture #17 - November 17th, 2010 RLG100Y1 LECTURE...

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