This is a grant proposal to continue studying Arabic during fall semester 2011 with a one-course teaching release. I am beginning Arabic this summer with an NDI grant, "A Bible Scholar Turns to the Qur'an." Facility with reading Arabic will allow me to research the Qur'an on my own, using the skills developed as a biblical scholar to work with scholarly introductions and commentaries. From my study of Greek and Hebrew in graduate school at Yale, I know that one summer is not enough time to acquire the foundation in the language necessary for research. The larger project of studying Islamic scriptural traditions will open up new avenues in my department for the study of the Qur'an, in keeping with our current practice of offering multiple entry points to the study of religion rather than a "101 Introduction to Religion" approach. There is no introductory course focused solely on the Qur'an or Islam at Wabash; they are introduced along with the religions of India in REL 103. Nor is there a requirement for majors to take both Hebrew Bible, which I teach, and REL 103. Furthermore, no faculty at Wabash read Arabic and there is no Arabic program at DePauw University, with whom we partner on language programs. Thus this research will not only benefit me and my students, but my department and college as well. Teaching the Bible as sacred scriptures of multiple religions complicates student understanding of a well-known text in a way similar to the historical-critical method that I currently use.