RST 418 - Islam (3)


This course is designed as an introduction to Islamic history, theology, culture, practice, and belief. We will survey the history of Islam in various geographical contexts, as well as examine different areas of thought. We will read primary and secondary texts in order to: 1) gain an appreciation for and understanding of Islam through examining its historical development; 2) discuss various theologies, beliefs, values, self understandings, aesthetic expressions, and intellectual claims of Muslims and Islamic thinkers throughout the ages; 3) experience Islamic practice through reading and discussion, as well as guest speakers and other practical experiences; 4) engage how Islam has impacted and continues to impact our world today; 5) engage Islam via fictional representations; and 6) develop students' own informed view(s) of the subject matter through reading primary and secondary sources; in-class discussion; firsthand experience; and independent research. Upon successful completion of the course, students will have an understanding of 1) Muslim thought and history; 2) the influence of Islam on the arts and history; and 3) Muslim practice.

Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.
Offered odd spring terms.


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