NEAREAST 216 - Introduction to Islam
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Near East Studies (NEAREAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines Islam as a theological, philosophical, cultural, and artistic tradition as well as a social, devotional and political theory and practice. After discussing in detail the formative period of Muslim history, thought and practice, we will review the development of Islam’s foundational ideas in theology, political theory, law, science, culture, art, philosophy, and mysticism from the early Middle Ages up to the present. We will give special attention to the astounding variety of interpretations of Islam by its followers, especially ones, such as Shi‘ism, that are often neglected in favor of so-called “mainstream Sunni Islam.” Various expressions of Sunnism will also receive their fair share of attention.

Course Requirements:

  1. Two quizzes (short essays/responses, ID’s, multiple choice and/or true/false questions) 10% each; 20% overall. Administered in discussion sections.
  2. One mid-term exam (ID’s and short essays), 20%.
  3. A take-home essay on a chosen topic (sample topics will be provided, six to eight double-spaced pages max., 20%).
  4. A final exam (essays and ID’s), 25%. Administered in class on .
  5. Attendance and participation in discussion, 15%.

Intended Audience:

Students with interest in Islam, Islamic politics and comparative religions

Class Format:

Lectures and discussions

NEAREAST 216 - Introduction to Islam
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
F 9:00AM - 10:00AM
003 (DIS)
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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