ARABAM 601 - Topics in Arab American Studies
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Critical Muslim Studies
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Arab American Studies (ARABAM)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Graduate standing.
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This seminar is an interrogation of the contemporary academic study of Muslims. It will survey key texts from a broad range of fields, from transnational American studies to anthropology, to explore methodological and theoretical questions of this burgeoning interdisciplinary formation. What is the “critical” in critical Muslim studies and what are the stakes in naming it (or refusing it) as a field of study? What and who is “the Muslim” (religious subject? racial category? historic location of subjection and surveillance?) What theoretical frameworks are employed to analyze the Muslim experience and what is the impact of these intellectual projects on the academy, and Muslims themselves? What different methodologies are used and what kinds of knowledge do they yield? Importantly, as Muslims and those that study them are subjects of the world, this course will necessarily approach this topic by keeping in tandem the ways critical Muslim studies is shaped by and may find itself complicit with white supremacy, settler colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, patriarchy and the war on terror. Accordingly, students will leave this course with a strong command of a specific field of study along with the capacity for meaningful comparative analysis.

Course Requirements:

The course requires regular and active participation in class discussions, sections, and timely completion of assignments. Students will lead a class discussion, write a series of short literature reviews and complete a seminar paper or project. There is no midterm or final exam.

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for graduate students (and upper level undergraduate students with permission). It is open to students across all departments and programs. Students interested in interrogating and troubling critical, intersectional and decolonial approaches to research are particularly encouraged to take this course.

Class Format:

This seminar meets once a week.


ARABAM 601 - Topics in Arab American Studies
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
M 4:00PM - 7:00PM

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