Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Religious Studies

First Advisor

Greg Spinner


The Qur‘an is considered an eternal text, universally relevant, awaiting interpretation and reinterpretation. Its eternal nature is made all the more apparent through the ambiguity and multilayered meaning of the Arabic language, which affords every line applicability to multiple areas of thought, lived reality, and the attributes of God. Constant return to the Qur‘an as a divine text allows for greater insight into not only the nature of the human self but also to the Universal Reality of God. Therefore, when Mawlana Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi‘s Masnavi is called the Qur‘an in Persian, the full weight of that statement becomes apparent.