MENAS 493 - Comparative Perspectives of the Middle East and North Africa
Section: 002 The Modern Islamic Reformation
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MENAS)
Department: LSA II: Middle Eastern and North African Studies
With permission of department.
Class Misc Info:
This is a one-credit mini-course that will be taught March 3-28 by a visiting professor. (Drop/Add deadline=Mar. 7.).
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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The couse aims at: First: clarifying some of the common misunderstanding concerning the issue of 'reformation' in the Muslim world. Based on the fact that the fundamentalist and exclusivist trend of Islamic thought prevails in most presentations and even dominates in the media, particularly after the 11 September trauma, the main focus of this research is, by contrast, on the positive, liberal, and inclusive reaction embedded in the writings of the Muslim thinkers who sought to reread and revisit Islamic tradition, including the Islamic foundational texts, namely the holy scripture, the Qur’ân, as well as the Prophet's Tradition, the Sunna. Second: it aims also to uncover the possible negative impact of the present state of political affairs, namely ideology of the new colonial power as presented under the 'ware against terrorism' and reformation agenda implicit in the United States’ ‘Wider Middle East’ project, which echoes similar demands by previous colonial powers in Muslim countries in the 18th and 19th centuries. Unfortunately, the present state of world affairs gives both traditionalists and extremists, not to mention the radicals and fundamentalists, a more powerful position than they might ever have dreamt of. In this respect the study presents a warning against irresponsible political actions.

The central question to be addressed in the course is: to what extent are these liberal, reformist thinkers engaged in genuine renewal of Islamic thought? Do they succeed in escaping the negative image of the West presented by the traditionalists?

This course will be taught by visiting professor Nasr Abu Zayd.

MENAS 493 - Comparative Perspectives of the Middle East and North Africa
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001 (LEC)
Note: 3050 Frieze
002 (LEC)
F 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Class meets March 7, 14, 21, and 28.
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