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Bible and Quran

The Hebrew Bible and the Quran are two of the most widely known written compositions in human history. Both have played key roles in the shaping of worldwide cultural systems.

The religious and moral authority, real or alleged, has ensured that the Bible and Quran are often read from an orthodox perspective. In the course ‘Bible and Quran’ however, we will gain surprising insights by using historical-critical methods and discussing literary aspects. Ideals, taboos, collective imaginations – they are all traced, whether appropriate or not, to texts in the Bible and the Quran.


Dr. J.M.C. (Josephine) van den Bent

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen

Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis

Dr. Y. (Yaniv) Hagbi

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen

Capaciteitsgroep Semitische talen en culturen

Time, location and price

  • 2 November - 16 December 2022
  • Wednesday and Friday from 09:00-11:00 (on both days)
  • P.C. Hoofthuis 1.04 (Wednesday) and 1.05 (Friday)
  • Costs: € 190 (€ 171 AUV members )

For the current study schedule, please consult the UvA timetable website. 

Important to know

  • Registration deadline: 23 October 2022
  • You can only audit an OUC, which means that you may only attend lectures and cannot attend seminars, take part in the examination, or obtain ECTS credits.

Study material

  • Nicolai Sinai, The Qur'an: A Historical-Critical Introduction (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017). E-book available through the university library / hard copy 
  • The Qur’ān. A New Annotated Translation, tr. A.J. Droge (Sheffield: Equinox, 2014) or
    in Dutch, naar keuze: één van de volgende twee Koranedities: De Koran, vert. J.H. Kramers (bew. Jaber/Jansen). Pocketeditie of De Koran, vert. Fred Leemhuis (Houten: Unieboek 1987).

Online translations of the Hebrew Bible:

Various articles and book sections:

  • A reader will be made available through e-mail and/or Canvas.

Public programme Humanities

This Open UvA Course is part of the Faculty of Humanities' public programme. Beside Open UvA Courses, the public programme also comprises special lectures and series of courses. The public programme is intended for alumni, employees looking for extra training, and all others who are interested in art, culture, philosophy, language and literature, history and religion.

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