Summer 2023 Religion S2305 section 002


Call Number 10215
Day & Time
MW 1:00pm-4:10pm
608 Schermerhorn Hall [SCH]
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Najam I Haider
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

This course is designed as an introduction to the Islamic religion, both in its pre-modern and modern manifestations. The semester begins with a survey of the central elements that unite a diverse community of Muslim peoples from a variety of geographical and cultural backgrounds. This includes a look at the Prophet and the Qur'an and the ways in which both were actualized in the development of ritual, jurisprudence, theology, and sufism/mysticism. The course then shifts to the modern period, examining the impact of colonization and the rise of liberal secularism on the Muslim world. The tension between traditional Sunni and Shi'i systems of authority and movements for 'modernization' and/or 'reform' feature prominently in these readings. Topics range from intellectual attempts at societal/religious reform (e.g. Islamic Revivalism, Modernism, Progressivism) and political re-interpretations of traditional Islamic motifs (e.g. Third-Worldism and Jihadist discourse) to efforts at accommodating scientific and technological innovations (e.g. evolution, bioethics ). The class ends by examining the efforts of American and European Muslim communities to carve out distinct spheres of identity in the larger global Muslim community ( umma) through expressions of popular culture (e.g. Hip-Hop).

Web Site Vergil
Subterm 07/03-08/11 (B)
Department Summer Session (SUMM)
Enrollment 7 students (15 max) as of 1:07PM Sunday, July 14, 2024
Subject Religion
Number S2305
Section 002
Division Summer Session
Campus Morningside
Section key 20232RELI2305S002