Professor Lauren Osborne

Lauren Osborne
Olin Hall 150
509-527-5809
osbornle@whitman.edu

Interests: My current research is on the recitation of the Qur'an and the possibilities for understanding meaning across the sound and experience of the text. In this research, I employ both hermeneutic and ethnographic methods, drawing on my background in religious studies and music. In both my research and my teaching, I am also interested in non-discursive meaning in religious texts and experience, mysticism (particularly its literary aesthetics), Jews and Muslims in medieval Andalusia, and music and religion.

Teaching Areas: Courses on Islam, religion and aesthetics, and some crossover into the study of Judaism.

Upcoming Courses:

Religion 105 Understanding Religion (Anticipated Spring 2015)

Religion 110 Religion and the Senses (Anticipated Fall 2014)

Religion 207 Introduction to Islam (Anticipated Fall 2014 and Spring 2016)

Religion 217 Qur'an (Anticipated Spring 2015)

Religion 2-- Comparative Scriptures (Anticipated Spring 2016)

Religion 310 Hearing Islam (Anticipated Spring 2015)

Religion 3-- Islamic Mysticism (Anticipated Spring 2015)