MES 321K • Islam in Europe and America
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
Islam has long been a presence in European and American imagination. The class investigates how images associated with Islam create a history of their own, blurring the real and the imagined. How is Muslim identity manufactured for non-Muslim audiences? How do Muslims write the history of their own experiences in non-Muslim lands in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries? Finally, how do Muslims define the challenges of their contemporary experiences and identities in the United States.
3, 7-10 page papers =90% class participation=10%
Edward Said, Orientalism. Nabil Matar, Turks, Moors, and Englishmen in the Age of Discovery. Robert J. Allison, The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World, 1776-1815. Sylviane Diouf, Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas. Allan D. Austin, African Muslims in Antebellum America. Robin Law and Paul E. Lovejoy, The Biography of Mahommah Gardo Baquaqua. Y. Haddad and J. Esposito, Muslims on the Americanization Path? P. Strum and D. Tarantolo, Muslims in the United States. Y. Haddad, Not Quite American: The Shaping of Arab and Muslim Identity in the United States.