Islam and/in the West|
Is there a "clash of civilizations" between Islam and the West? What distinguishes the two and why the conflict? This course, which assumes no familiarity with Islam, explores these questions and the assumptions underlying them. Through a historical and thematic exploration, we will delve into the notions of difference and the interests these have served, as well as the cultural, religious, and political dimentions of interaction at specific historical moments. These will include Arab imperialism, the Crusades, the Spanish Reconquista, European imperialism, Zionism, Islamist revivalism, Western Muslims, and the War Against Terror.
Intercultural Literacy, Writing
Multiple writing assignments offer the opportunity for feedback and improvement.
Tools will be developed to aid in the understanding of unfamiliar cultures.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Phil/Reli)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Bruce Lawrence, MESSAGES TO THE WORLD
Ahmed Rashid, TALIBAN: MILITANT ISLAM, OIL AND FUNDAMENTALISM IN CENTRAL ASIA
Salman Rushdie, SATANIC VERSES
Malcolm X, AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X
Timothy Mitchell, COLONIZING EGYPT
Saba Mahmood, THE POLITICS OF PIETY
|Examination and Assignments: |
Attendance and participation is mandatory. Multiple small papers and one 10-page paper. Reading all class material.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Historical Traditions" requirement for the Religion major.
|Instructor(s): Gottschalk,Peter S. Times: .M.W... 11:00AM-12:20PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 4||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 4||JR non-major: 4||SO: 3||FR: 0|
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