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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2003

HIS 306N • 7-Introduction to Islam

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36210 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
WAG 101
Aghaie

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the religion of Islam. It is designed for students with a general interest in the Islamic world, in religion, or in History. We will examine the theology, history, and main social and legal institutions of Islam. Islam, as a major system of belief in the world, is experienced by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Consequently, besides studying the basic tenets and texts of the religion, this course will focus on the variety of ways in which Muslims and non-Muslims have understood and interpreted Islam. We will review the debates surrounding the life of the prophet of Islam, Islamic pre-modern and modern history, the Islamic concept of God and society, the role of women, and finally, Islamic government and movements. The course is designed for students with a general interest in the Islamic world, religions, or history. No prior knowledge of Islam or Islamic history is necessary.

Grading Policy

Class Participation 25% Weekly Quizzes (very short multiple choice) 25% Midterm 25% Final Exam 25%

Texts

Fazlur Rahman. ISLAM. F.M. Denny. AN INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM. F. E. Peters. A READER ON CLASSICAL ISLAM N.J. Dawood. THE KORAN. Ira Lapidus. A HISTORY OF ISLAMIC SOCIETIES.

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