The new BYU academic year begins tomorrow. I’m teaching an independent readings course in Arabic, a class on the Qur’an in English translation, and an “Introduction to Islam” course, and, with my friend and colleague Jim Toronto, I’m team-teaching a class on the humanities of Islam. (My emphasis in the course will be on history and literature.)
There’s always optimism at the beginning of a new year. Thus far, I haven’t blown it!