Cinematic Encounters: Muslims and/in/of the West|
Fall 2020 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Asian American Studies|
Please note: students will be required to view all films prior to the first day of class, and to submit pre-session assignments. Examining contemporary films by and about Britons, Indians, Pakistanis, Afghans, and Black and white Americans offers the opportunity to challenge the simplistic binaries of West versus Islam upon which popular representations often rely. We will pay attention to the aesthetic choices made by directors and screenwriters as they depict themes of Muslim emigration, European imperialism and colonialism, religion and secularism, terrorism and state violence, representations of gender, and issues of multiple belonging. Particular analytic emphasis will be given to the concept of nationalism. Films that may be included are "The Outpost," "The Kingdom of God," "The Battle of Algiers," "Lagaan," "Zero Dark Thirty," "The Beauty Shop of Kabul," "Restrepo," "Khuda ke Liye," "My Name Is Khan," "Malcolm X," and "AmericanEast."
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MUST-MN)(RELI-MN)(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
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly journal entry, two 4-page papers, final 12-page research and film analysis project.
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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.
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