Islamic Texts Circle: Alcohol

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  Monday, April 3, 2017
  12 - 1:30 p.m.
  Stephens Hall

What does the Qur'an say about alcohol? What is the legal status of its consumption? Join our guest facilitator Amin Ehteshami (Near Eastern Studies) in a conversation about alcohol and Islam. To RSVP and receive the texts (in translation), please contact us at

The Islamic Texts Circle introduces the broader CMES community to important themes in the Islamic tradition via its holy scripture, the Qur’an, and via its long history of exegesis. Participants will gain exposure to the rich and variegated interpretive angles developed in the fourteen-hundred years of Islamic history, so that they may discuss relevant themes in the form of a productive dialogue. The exegeses (texts) range chronologically from the earliest centuries of Islam to the contemporary period and geographically from the Iberian Peninsula to Indonesia. The exegetes (authors) belong to the various denominations--from the various strands of the Sunni to those of the Shi’a--and their interpretive emphases are Sufi, philosophical, theological, political, legal, Salafi, etc. All texts on the theme of discussion will be provided ahead of time. No prior experience is necessary. Please join us for this unique opportunity to learn about Islam from its primary sources!

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University of California, Berkeley
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