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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Fall 2003


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39235 W
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
PAR 204

Course Description

This course will explore several contemporary Islamic rulings (fatwas) that have condemned persons or doctrines that were viewed by the Religious authorities (ulama) as a detriment to the Muslim community (ummah). The course will study the nature of each ruling to probe how individual pronouncements, actions, teachings and movements have exceeded the limits of legitimate dissent. As we survey the controversies surrounding Salman Rushdie, Mahmoud Mohammed Taha, Rashad Khalifa, Juhayman al-Otaibi, et. al . we will also consider a number of recent debates concerning heresy and blasphemy and the legal status of a fatwa. Students from a wide range of different fields are encouraged to register and a background in Islam or a Middle Eastern Language is not a requirement.

Grading Policy

Class attendance and participation 30% First essay 35% Final paper 35%


A course packet from Speedway at Dobie Mall Sample Readings: 'Shame' by Taslima Nasrin; 'The Second Message of Islam' by Mahmoud Mohamed Taha; 'The Satanic Verses' by Salman Rushdie.


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