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Title: Issues in Contemporary Islam
Course Section Number: REL-210-01
Department: Religion
Description: What is the shape of Islam in the contemporary world? How did it get this shape? To what extent can Islam accommodate the contemporary world, and vice versa? These are some of the questions that we'll try to answer in this course. We'll start by looking at some key moments in Islamic history. Beginning with the fall of the Abbasids in 1258, we'll look at the reconfiguration of the Abode of Islam among the Mughal, Safavid, and Ottoman empires, and move from there down to the early 1700s. We'll then read a number of primary texts by Islamic reformers from the 1700s down to the present. We'll pay special attention to the rise of so-called Islamic fundamentalism; the recent conflicts associated with Islam in the Middle East and the Asian subcontinent; ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban; Islamophobia; and living as a Muslim in the industrial societies of modern Europe and the United States.
Credits: 1.00
Start Date: January 17, 2022
End Date: May 7, 2022
Meeting Information: 01/18/2022-05/05/2022 Lecture Tuesday, Thursday 02:40PM - 03:55PM, Center Hall, Room 300
Faculty: Blix, David
Requisite Courses: REL-103, or permission of instructor

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