MES 390 • ISLAMIC STUDIES: DISCIPLINE INTRODUCTION
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
This graduate seminar is designed to acquaint students with the academic study of Islam within the broader discipline of religious studies, in part to prepare students for possible doctoral work in Islamic studies. We will begin with an overview of the discipline of religious studies, with an eye to how Islam has been approached therein. Next we will explore the field of Islamic studies -its history and major contributors, salient theories and debates, methods and sources. A further objective of the course is to provide students with a rudimentary knowledge of major sub-fields within Islamic Studies, such as those pertaining to the Qur'an and its exegesis, to the life and legacy of Muhammad, to law and legal theory, and to theology and mysticism. A final area of attention will be pedagogy in Islamic studies, the objective here being to help prepare students to teach courses on Islam. Registered students may be expected to complete some background readings prior to the start of the term.
Short presentation(s) on readings (25%), syllabus project (30%), mock lecture (30%), class attendance/participation (15%).
[tentative] Critical Terms for Religious Studies, Mark Taylor; Theory for Religious Studies, Deal & Beal; Teaching Islam, by Brannon Wheeler; Course packet