R S 319 • Introduction to Islam
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
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.
Class Participation 25% Weekly Quizzes (very short multiple choice) 25% Midterm 25% Final Exam 25%
Fazlur Rahman. Islam. F.M. Denny. An Introduction to Islam. F. E. Peters. A Reader on Classical Islam. N.J. Dawood. The Koran. Ira Lapidus. A History of Islamic Societies.