Dr. Lucas is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Director of the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS). Dr. Lucas' research explores the creative process by which individual Muslim scholars composed works in the genres of law, hadith, and Qur’anic commentary during the classical period of Islamic civilization. Dr. Lucas has spent significant time in Yemen, Iran, and Lebanon.
This graduate seminar examines the contents of the Qur'an, the classical tradition of Qur'anic exegesis (tafsir), and the works of modern commentators. Arabic proficiency is not a prerequisite.