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Course Description

The LSA Honors Program invites applications to teach Honors Core 231: “Reading the Qur’an” beginning August 31, 2020. Position is pending enrollment demand.

Is the Qur’an a great book? Obviously, the answer to that question is yes. The Qur’an brought Islam into being as a world religion almost 1500 years ago. And today it serves as an indispensable guide and source of inspiration for more than 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide. It is a daily presence in the lives of Muslims – read, seen, and heard more often than any other book. At the same time, the Qur’an questions our definition of the book: it doesn’t tell a linear story or set out numbered commandments, like Jewish and Christian scripture. The Qur’an creates a unique relationship between reader and text, and challenges us to think differently about what we do when we read. In this course, we will read the Qur’an in English translation, alongside pre-Islamic poetry, modern scholarship on the Qur’an, and literary and artistic works inspired by the Qur’an. And we’ll study topics like Qur’anic recitation, tafsir (Qur’anic exegesis), and ecological and feminist readings of the Qur’an. Our aim is to think about the Qur’an as great book and as great literature: a book meant to challenge the intellect and stir the soul.


Effort for each section is 25%; GSIs who teach two sections receive a 50% appointment. Attendance at lecture is also required.

This course is designed to be appropriate and exciting for all Honors first- and second-year students, whatever their primary areas of interest. As an Honors Core course, this course is open only to first- and second-year Honors students. This course is a discussion section of a larger lecture course and will provide regular guidance from the lead instructor of the course, collaboration with her and other GSIs in the course. GSIs in the Honors Core are expected to participate in occasional events for Core courses.

Required Qualifications*

Good standing in a graduate or professional program in a relevant department.

All first time GSIs (those who have not previously taught at the University of Michigan) will be required to attend the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Graduate Student Instructor Teaching Orientation on Monday, August 24 and Tuesday, August 25, 2020.

Desired Qualifications*

Candidacy in a Ph.D. program in a relevant department; experience teaching introductory humanities courses at UM or other college or university.

Contact Information

Inquiries may be made to Lisa Broome ( Associate Director, LSA Honors.

Decision Making Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled.

Selection Process

Positions may be filled before posting end date.

GEO Contract Information

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Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions. In the event that an Employee does not receive his or her preferred assignment, he or she can request a written explanation or an in-person interview with the hiring agents(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.

This position, as posted, is subject to a collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of Michigan and the Graduate Employees' Organization, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO 3550.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.