Cinematic Encounters: Muslims and/in/of the West|
Fall 2018 not offered
|Certificates: Muslim Studies|
Examining contemporary films by Americans, Britons, Egyptians, Indians, Pakistanis, and Afghans offers the opportunity to challenge the simplistic binaries of West vs. 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. 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: (CMST)(RELI)
Benedict Anderson, IMAGINED COMMUNITIES: REFLECTIONS ON THE ORIGIN AND SPREAD OF NATIONALISM
Kambiz Ghanea Bassiri, A HISTORY OF ISLAM IN AMERICA
Bruce Lincoln, HOLY TERRORS: THINKING ABOUT RELIGION AFTER SEPTEMBER 11
Marcus Lutrell, LONE SURVIVOR: THE EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF OPERATION REDWING AND THE LOST HEROES OF SEAL TEAM 10
Ahmed Rashid, TALIBAN: MILITANT ISLAM, OIL & FUNDAMENTALISM IN CENTRAL ASIA
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly journal entry, two 4-page papers, final 12-page research and film analysis project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This First Year Seminar is part of Wesleyan's Learning and Living Program. Students who register for this class will live together in the same residence hall. Because students are living in close proximity to one another, intellectual discussions and collaborative learning more naturally extend beyond the classroom. This arrangement facilitates group assignments and projects, and allows for the growth of a strong community of students through daily interactions. Strengthening students' intellectual and residential community enhances the undergraduate experience for Learning and Living seminar participants.
This course fulfills the "Thematic Approach" requirement for the Religion Department major.