Why is the act of memorization valued irrespective of whether or not one understands the text one is memorizing?

1.In the assigned Qur’an reading, how does Islam critique the Christian understanding of God? How might Christians use the assigned passage of the Gospel of John to respond to this critique? Do you agree with the textbook’s claim that Jewish and Muslim views of God are compatible? Why or why not?

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2.Briefly summarize the background and plot arcs of the three protagonists in the documentary: Ridfha (from the Maldives), Nabiollah (from Tajikistan) and Djamil (from Senegal). Why does the memorization of the Qur’an hold such a prominent place in Muslim culture? Why is the act of memorization valued irrespective of whether or not one understands the text one is memorizing? What does this tell us about Islamic understandings of how God relates to humanity? How does this differ from Jewish and Christian understandings?

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