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Martha G. Newman, Chair BUR 529, Mailcode A3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-7737

Spring 2008

R S 316K • Difficult Dialog: Islam in Amer.

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44485 W
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
BUR 208
SPELLBERG, D

Course Description

The course surveys the presence of Islam in American history and society from the eighteenth century to the present. Religion is a major category of analysis, but it is analyzed in tandem with other factors, including domestic and foreign politics, race, ethnicity, and gender. Challenges faced by Muslim Americans regarding issues of tolerance, assimilation, pluralism and the secular are focal themes of the class. Since this is one of four new "Difficult Dialog Courses" developed for the Ford Foundation for their special initiative in the study of academic freedom, students will learn how to express disagreement about charged cultural issues as part of a scholarly community which respects intellectual differences in the common quest for both knowledge and mutual respect.

Grading Policy

Attendance, 10%
Analytical essay based on assigned reading, 30%
Weekly position papers, 30%
Research project, 30%.

Texts

Saleema Abdul-Ghafur, Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak Robert J. Allison, The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World, 1776-1815 John I. Esposito, What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam Jane Smith, Islam in America

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