Qur'anic Stories Lecture Series
Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM - Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 4:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Join us as we discuss a few Qur'anic stories and learn about the Qur'anic literary style.
Saturday, June 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2:00-4:00 pm
Islamic Center of Irvine Multi-Purpose Room
2 Truman, Irvine, CA 92620
T: (949) 786-ICOI (4264)
Regular attendance is highly encouraged. The target audience for this course is college level and above. To register for this course, please visit:
As Muslims, we have an appreciation for various aspects of the Qur’ān. This seminar will help us explore the literary beauty of the stories in the Qur’ān, and will give us some skills to do so. In each class of this course, we will analyze, appreciate and discuss some Qur’ānic stories. Our goal is to develop an understanding of some of the different literary styles present in the Qur’ān, and a better appreciation for the Qur’ānic literary style. We will also discuss how the themes and stories we learn about can help strengthen our faith.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Dr. Leyla Ozgur Alhassen received her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a major in English literature, a concentration in creative writing and a minor in Arabic. She then received her M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, specializing in Arabic literature. Her dissertation on Qur’ānic stories is titled, God as Narrator: Revelation as Stories. Leyla has taught Arabic at UC Berkeley, UCLA, Middlebury College, UC Berkeley Extension and UCLA Extension and was a teaching assistant and associate for UCLA’s Introduction to Islam class. She has also studied Arabic in Egypt in the CASA I and II programs, studying with two professors from al-Azhar University through the CASA II program.