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Islam and Muslim Cultures

RELI 221
Fall 2011
Section: 01   02  
Certificates: Civic Engagement, International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies, South Asian Studies

This course provides an introduction to Islam and Muslim societies. It familiarizes students with the basic teachings and practices of Islam and examines commonalties and diversity in how Islam has been and continues to be practiced by Muslims, paying particular attention to peoples and places in South Asia and the Middle East. We further examine colonial and postcolonial relations through which the West and Islamic world have come to be understood as mutually distinct and antithetical to one another and as historical and contemporary forms of global and transnational interrelatedness that belie simplistic binaries and oppositions.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
This course involves the study of Muslim cultures in South Asia, the Middle East, and the United States and explores the interactions and interpenetrations of these cultures with non-Muslim ones. A key facet of the course is a recognition of the interpretative traditions among Muslims that are responsible for the vast diversity of Islamic rituals and beliefs as well as Muslim cultures.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS RELI
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Phil/Reli)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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