This course introduces students to the secular study of Islam and some of the religious perspectives of Muslims. It seeks to provide familiarity with some of the basic teachings and practices of Islam while exploring the diversity of religious traditions among Muslims in Egypt, India, Afghanistan, and the United States. This effort will involve the study and use of the tools of comparative religious studies. It will also require critical assessment of Western views of Islam and Muslims.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
The course involves the study of Muslim cultures in South Asia, the Middle East, and the United States and explores the interactions and interpenetrations of these cultures with non-Muslim ones.
A key facet of the course is a recognition of the interpretative traditions among Muslims that are responsible for the vast diversity of Islamic rituals and beliefs as well as Muslim cultures.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Phil/Reli)(CGST-MN)(CIVI-MN)(MEST-MN)(MUST-MN)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SAST-MN)(SISP-Reli Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Geneive Abdo, NO GOD BUT GOD
Frederick Denny, AN INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM
Bruce Lawrence, THE QUR'AN: A BIOGRAPHY
Attia Hosain, SUNLIGHT ON A BROKEN COLUMN
Geneive Abdo, MECCA AND MAIN STREET
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two exams, 10-12 page research paper, two small papers, reading all class material.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance and participation is mandatory.
|Instructor(s): Gottschalk,Peter S. Times: ..T.R.. 10:30AM-11:50AM; Location: ALLB103; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 40||SR major: 6||JR major: 6|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 4||JR non-major: 4||SO: 12||FR: 8|
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