Muslim/Western Engagements in Film and Performance|
Fall 2015 not offered
Examining contemporary films and performances by Americans, Britons, Egyptians, Indians, Pakistanis, and Afghans offers the opportunity to challenge the simplistic binaries of West versus Islam upon which popular representations often rely. Themes that will be explored include Muslim emigration, European imperialism and colonialism, religion and secularism in the formation of national identity, terrorism and state violence, representation of gender differences, and the problem of multiple identities. Performances will include a one-woman play, hip-hop, and sufi "qawwali" music. Films will include "The Kingdom of God," "The Battle of Algiers," "Of Gods and Men," "Baby Doll Night," "The Beauty Shop of Kabul," "Restrepo," "Khuda ke Liye," "My Name Is Khan," "Babel," "AmericanEast," and "Brick Lane," plus episodes of "Battlestar Galactica."
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MUST-MN)(RELI-MN)(RELI)
Mayanthi Fernando, THE REPUBLIC UNSETTLED: MUSLIM FRENCH AND THE CONTRADICTIONS OF SECULARISM
Samuel Huntington, THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS
Mahmood Mamdani, GOOD MUSLIM, BAD MUSLIM
Bruce Lincoln, HOLY TERRORS
Greg Mortenson, THREE CUPS OF TEA
Melanie Macalister, EPIC ENCOUNTERS
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly journal entry, one in-class film & reading analysis, two 4-page papers, final 12-page research and film analysis project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This FYS class will be offered in partnership with the Muslim Women's Voices Project and will include in-class performances by and conversations with some of the artists.
A weekly "lab" will be used to screen the films. If my role as faculty fellow continues next year, I will show the films in the Butterfield hall so non-enrolled students can watch as well.
This course fulfills the "Thematic Approach" requirement for the Religion Department major.
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