RELIGION 402 - Topics in Religion
Section: 003 Modern Islamic Movements
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Religion (RELIGION)
Department: LSA Studies in Religion

After examining Islam as an intellectual construct and an intellectual challenge (in terms of defining what does and does not belong to this category), we shall undertake a comparative examination of Islamic discursive theology (kalam), legal theory (fiqh), philosophy (falsafa), and Salafism (salafiyya). Special attention will be given to the question of how these diverse fields of intellectual endeavor – varying in methodology and purpose – have conceived of God and the relationship between him and the created world, especially the world of human beings. These fields of Islamic thought evolved within concrete socio-political circumstances that decisively, if indirectly shaped vectors of their evolution. Recent and current debates inside and outside the Muslim world over problematics of these fields and new, burning issues faced by the global Muslim community (umma) are also discussed. Last, but not least, the course examines the usefulness and suitability of recent Western sociological, hermeneutic, and anthropological theories, when applied to Islamic intellectual life.

Prior to Winter 2016, this course was listed as AAPTIS 469. All content has been retained; only the subject and number has changed.

Course Requirements:

  • Attendance and participation: 25 points (10 points for attendance and 15 points for take-home answers to issues raised in class)
  • Four short essays at the end of each unit, except Unit 1; up to 15 points each, 60 points in all.
  • One class presentation, 15 points.

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RELIGION 402 - Topics in Religion
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001 (LEC)
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32164
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (LEC)
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32756
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20
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
003 (LEC)
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32757
Open
20
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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