ARABAM 301 - Topics in Arab American Studies
Section: 001 Islam in/and America
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Arab American Studies (ARABAM)
Department: LSA American Culture
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May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course examines the history and presence of Islam in the United States, and the construction and evolution of U.S. Muslim identity, community, and culture. In the contemporary moment, “Islam” is perhaps the most misunderstood term in the national lexicon, and stands at the heart of numerous cultural and political debates about “who we are” as a nation. Much of these debates rest on the misguided notion that Islam is a foreign presence, a threat to American values and democracy. In actuality, Islam’s presence in the Americas stretches back four centuries, to when over one third of African slaves forcibly transported here were Muslim. In this course, Prof. Chan will simultaneously examine the diverse historical presence of Muslims in the United States, alongside representations and stereotypes of Islam and Muslims in media and popular culture. Students will approach their study of Islam and Muslims through critical frameworks of religion, race, gender, and sexuality, paying particular attention to the experiences and representations of Black American Muslims and U.S. Muslim women. The class seminar is discussion-based, and in addition to weekly readings, Prof. Chan will regularly incorporate film, media, audio, and digital texts into class conversations and coursework.

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This course is part of the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC), which combines expertise in Islamic studies across the Big Ten Academic Alliance to provide students with a truly global perspective on the Muslim world via videoconferencing technology. This course will be taught from Rutgers University and shared with the University of Michigan, University of Maryland, and University of Nebraska. Visit us at for more information.

ARABAM 301 - Topics in Arab American Studies
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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