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Mahan Mirza

Dr. Mahan Mirza is the Dean of Faculty at Zaytuna College. Having studied in traditional Muslim, interfaith, and secular academic settings, he engages in the study of Islam from multiple perspectives. He has taught a range of courses over the years, including introductory Arabic, Islamic religious thought, western religious traditions, the life of the Prophet Muhammad, history of science in Islamic societies, Hadith, and the Qur’an at Yale University (summer 2005-6), California State University, Chico (2007-2009), and the University of Notre Dame (2009-2011). Mahan Mirza is also a visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.

Recent Posts

Lessons From The Life of Prophet Abraham, عليه السلام, Parts 1 - 2

Posted by Mahan Mirza on May 23, 2016 2:39:48 PM

 

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Topics: Fiqh, Islam, prophets, Lesson from Muhammad, Lessons from Abraham, Lessons from prophets

Introduction to Quranic Sciences

Posted by Mahan Mirza on Dec 15, 2015 12:02:51 AM

The Quran class is magical. Now, some of you may be offended by the association of Quran and magic, but students of rhetoric will understand that it is not intended to be literal. This lesson is best learned by reading Imam al-Ghazali's Jawahir al-Qur’an, or “Jewels of the Quran,” which the course begins with. In this work, one of the greatest scholars of Islam tells us that the Quran consists of pearls and rubies, along with many other precious minerals, substances, and gems. The allegory speaks of the Quran as a vast ocean that offers adventurous travelers the opportunity for an endless journey of discovery, with islands full of valuables and depths unfathomable. A close reading of classical texts is one of the hallmarks of a Zaytuna education. But instead of that being an end, it is, for us, only a beginning. It is the beginning of a process of reflection that brings the texts to life and makes them relevant for today.

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Topics: Muslim, Islam, Quran, Introduction to Quranic Sciences, Magic of the Quran, The Quran's MAgic

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