Heroes and Villains: Biblical Figures in the Islamic Tradition

Day Time Duration Date Instructor Credits
Wednesday 6:00pm – 8:00pm 12 Weeks Jan 31st – Apr 17th Dr. Younus Mirza 2


Prophets and kings. Pious people and wicked. There is a significant overlap between Biblical and Quranic figures. This course studies selected characters who are in both sacred texts. The approach is comparative but with particular emphasis on the Quranic text and other Islamic sources. .

Students will probe contemporary lessons that we can draw from both the righteous people who are part of sacred history, and the villains.

Figures discussed include: Adam, Moses, Abraham, David, Solomon, Satan and Pharoah. This course also features Jewish/Christian guest lecturer(s).

COURSE FEE: The general admission is $297 per course. Then, $238 for each additional course. If you are a student, it is $179 per one for all students. Then, $119 for each additional course. If you are a MIRL student, it is $161 per one for all students. 

FINANCIAL AID: Please note that financial aid is offered on a first-come, first-served basis until available funds are exhausted. Please apply as early as possible to increase your chances of being awarded. You can learn more about our financial aid policy here.

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