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Moral Complexity in Islam: Origins to the Present

COL 275
Spring 2024
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: RELI 275
Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate

Ethics seem straightforward, until you need to explain your choices. How do you judge actions of truth and deception, love and hate, wealth and poverty, pain and punishment, freedom and slavery? Over the long history of Islamic cultures, how did people describe a good, full life? Is there a unique Islamic ethos of action? Do Islamic thinkers tie values and decisions to divine revelation, or to reason? How do we determine the nature of good and evil? Can God do evil, and what would that even mean? In confronting these questions along with Islamic philosophers and thinkers we will find a surprising range and diversity, and some of history's most compelling answers. Diverse and creative, these answers from the Islamic past compel us to rethink some of our basic presuppositions. Blending theory with case studies from the Islamic past and present, we will approach some of the hard ethical questions that Muslims across the world have had to deal with historically and continue to address today.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA COL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(MEST-MN)(RELI-MN)(RELI)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

Last Updated on MAY-21-2024
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