ISLAM 422 - The History of Shi'ism: Drama, Ritual, and Memory
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Islamic Studies (ISLAM)
Department: LSA II: Islamic Studies Prog
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior standing or permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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The course will introduce students to Shi’ism as an alternative interpretation of Islam shaped around the figure of Ali and the family of Muhammad. What “pasts” did the Shi’a recover, and what forms of representation were used to remember, rehearse or reimagine them? We will read poetry (qasida), epics and stories (qissa) as ritual performances commemorating a Shi’a past – as collective experiences of suffering that tied together communities of devotees of Ali through time.

Course Requirements:

Attendance and participation at lectures/discussions is mandatory. Meaningful classroom participation is required in this course and is worth 20% of your grade. Your task is to carefully read assigned texts before each class and be prepared to discuss them. Reading, thinking, and writing are interconnected and mutually reinforcing activities. The good reader is a better writer; the more you write the more clearly you think about what you read and the deeper you comprehend texts. To enhance your skill in all three areas you have THREE written Assignments (70%).

Intended Audience:

Upper level Undergraduates and Graduate Students.

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly

ISLAM 422 - The History of Shi'ism: Drama, Ritual, and Memory
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001 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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