This course provides a comprehensive introduction to Islam as a religious tradition. After examining the fundamental sources
of Islam, particularly the Qur'an and the reports about the activities and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, we will discuss how
these foundations gave rise to the beliefs and practices of Muslims and to an Islamic civilization with spectacular achievements in
such areas as law, theology, science, philosophy, and mysticism. Our emphasis will be on the first thousand years of Islam, but
modern and recent developments will be covered as well. Quizzes, a midterm, and a final exam.