LSTD 4700 – Women in the Bible and Qur’an
Why is it cool?
The Bible and Qur’an have not only influenced Judaism, Christianity and Islam, but they’ve shaped Western culture as a whole. Our expectations and assumptions about women and their roles in society are derived largely from these books.
In Women in the Bible and Qur’an, students will study biblical texts and narratives featuring women as the main characters. The course is divided into three sections, focusing on women in the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible), women in the New Testament (Christian scriptures) and women in the Qur’an (Islamic scriptures).
As students peer into the lives of Biblical characters like Esther and Mary, along with women in Islamic scriptures, they’ll examine how these women’s roles played out in society, both as individuals and in relation to men. Were women treated differently in each religious book, or were they largely treated the same across cultures? How have our views about women been shaped by these stories?
This class is cool because it explores the origins of our own self-perceptions. While the Bible is our history, we change our self-image as culture changes how we understand and think about ourselves.
But, self-perceptions have an origin. Students will leave the class with a better understanding of their own beliefs about women, and who they are as individuals and as a people.
Talk to your advisor to see if this class might be right for you, or see what else is offered by the College of Professional and Continuing Studies.