MIDEAST 321 - Jihad in History
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Middle East Studies (MIDEAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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May not be repeated for credit.
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Jihad is an important part of Islamic religious doctrine and belief. It has also been a major factor in the building of Islamic societies and states in many environments over many centuries. This course examines the idea of jihad and the ways in which Muslims have thought about it and acted on it throughout their history. It uses jihad as a key to understanding relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, in both war and peace. It pays attention to the controversies and debates over this theme that have gone on for many centuries. The course emphasizes two aspects of jihad in particular. First, it considers legal and theological doctrines and their relation to real-time political and cultural events and changes. Second, it concentrates on the many, varied frontiers of the Islamic world over the centuries. Since these frontiers have often been the site of political creativity and religious renewal, we will examine a selected series of frontier states and episodes, from various times and environments.

Course Requirements:

Midterm, final, two papers

Intended Audience:

MES and MENAS majors; anyone with a serious interest in the Islamic world

MIDEAST 321 - Jihad in History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 9781138022737
Muslims and Crusaders : Christianity's wars in the Middle East, 1095-1382, from the Islamic sources, Author: Christie, N. M. (Niall M.)
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780195154948
Jiha?d : the origin of holy war in Islam / monograph., Author: Firestone, Reuven, 1952-, Publisher: Oxford University Press 2010
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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Europe and the Islamic world a history, Author: Tolan, John Victor, 1959-, Publisher: Princeton University Press 2013
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781558766099
Jihad., Author: Peters, Rudolph., Publisher: Markus Wiener Pub 2016
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