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Course Description

The LSA Honors Program invites applications to teach Honors Core 231: “Reading the Qur’an” beginning January 1, 2021.


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.


All aspects of this course will be fully compatible with remote online learning. The weekly lectures for this course will be recorded and made available asynchronously. Discussion sections will be fully online and synchronous; however, classes will be recorded for students who are occasionally unable to attend synchronously.

Responsibilities*

As part of the Honors Core Curriculum, this course introduces first- and second-year Honors students to the fields, questions and meta-questions, and methodologies of the Humanities. This course is a discussion section of a large lecture course and the GSI will work closely with the course's faculty instructor to achieve the teaching and learning outcomes of the course. Lecture attendance is also required. GSIs in the Honors Core are expected to participate in occasional events for Core courses.

Effort for each section is 25%; the GSI will teach two discussion sections for a 50% appointment. Position is pending enrollment demand.

Required Qualifications*

Good standing in at least one graduate or professional terminal degree program in a relevant department. Please check with your home department if you are unsure if your program is a terminal degree program.

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 (lbroome@umich.edu) Associate Director, LSA Honors Program.

Decision Making Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Position may be filled before the application deadline.

Selection Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Position may be filled before the application deadline.

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 their preferred assignment, they 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.


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