The youngest of the three scriptural monotheisms, Islam is the religion of nearly one in four humans. The Quran is the bible of Islam, and it is the responsibility of every educated person to know its contents. Using any convenient translation, we will read the text, which is about as long as the New Testament, and discuss its contents. Background will be provided, with an emphasis on the characteristics of Arabic compared with Hebrew, explaining important names and words known to us from the news.

Suggested Reading: any translation of the Quran, readily available on the internet. Participants will benefit from a familiarity

with Arab history.

Rabbi Caine graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary. In 1967, he became the first text faculty member of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he was Director of Biblical Studies for 18 years. He and his wife founded Society Hill Synagogue in Philadelphia, where they served for 33 years.

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