NEAREAST 490 - Topics in Near Eastern Studies
Section: 002 Peace/Nonviolence in Islamic Cultures
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Near East Studies (NEAREAST)
Department: LSA Near Eastern Studies
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

It's often presumed that Muslims today have no traditions of peace and nonviolence in statecraft or everyday life. Those presumptions are convenient for white supremacy in America and Europe, and they easily become the basis for Islamophobia and the so-called “Clash of Civilizations” driving misunderstanding and war. This course questions those claims. Students will explore and chart a spectrum of cultural ideas and practices throughout time from the 7th to the 15th centuries, as found in sacred texts, as well as secular arts and humanities, everyday customs, and patterns of cosmopolitanism and civilization evidenced in architecture and archaeology. We will focus on (1) conflict prevention (2) conflict resolution (3) and structural peace, which might be defined as long-term strategies and civilizational institutions that alleviate the root causes of injustice (and violence), such as poverty, lack of education and social mobility, and ethnic and religious tensions.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate and Graduate students

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly

NEAREAST 490 - Topics in Near Eastern Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
28447
Open
9
 
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Tu 3:30PM - 6:00PM
Note: This course is part of the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum. Students will video conference into a class at the University of Maryland. Please note that this course runs from January 24, 2018 through May 12, 2018.
002 (SEM)
P
32087
Open
16
 
-
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
32095
Open
24
 
-
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
005 (SEM)
P
32669
Open
30
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
006 (SEM)
P
32670
Open
10
 
-
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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