HIS 306N • Introduction to Islam
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.
Weekly quizzes (36%) Midterm exam (25%) Final exam (25%) Class participation (14%)
Karen Armstrong, Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet Annemarie Schimmel, And Muhammad Is His Messenger W. M. Watt, Muhammad: Prophet and Statesman Ahmed Von Denffer, A Day with the Prophet Course Packet, including sections from the following: M.G.S. Hodgson, Venture of Islam (v.1); F.E. Peters, Mecca; M. Ibrahim, Merchant Capital and Islam; M. Lings, Muhammad.