Effective Fall 2011

The interdisciplinary minor in Islamic Studies allows students with an interest in Islam and its historical and contemporary expressions in various world contexts to undertake a guided and coherent program that will explore these varied expressions of Islam in our world. It is designed to give students the opportunity to plan a structured and articulated series of courses that will result in a fundamental understanding of Islam and an intellectual engagement with Islamic beliefs, practices, and societies in at least two world cultures. This will be the only academic program at UM whose focus is on Islam and its expression in Muslim societies. Unlike the AAPTIS and MENAS concentrations and academic minors, the focus of this academic minor is not restricted to a single world region; nor does it have a language component as do the AAPTIS concentration and academic minor and the MENAS concentration.

Intended Audience

The intended audience includes anyone with an interest in Islamic religion and its cultural and historical expressions.  This might be a useful academic minor for students with concentrations in History, Anthropology, Near Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, and Political Science.

Advising

The Director of the Islamic Studies Program will be responsible for advising students with an academic minor in Islamic Studies. Students undertaking the academic minor are required to formulate a coherent academic minor plan in consultation with the Islamic Studies advisor; the plan formulated will reflect an interdisciplinary and cross-regional approach to the subject of Islam.  Appointments with the Islamic Studies academic advisor are scheduled in the ISP office (734) 763-5408.

Prerequisites

None for the academic minor per se, although individual courses elected to meet the requirements of the academic minor may have course prerequisites.

Requirements

At least 16 credits. At least twelve of the sixteen required credits for the academic minor must be elected at the University of Michigan or at an overseas program associated with UM.  Language courses may not be counted toward the academic minor

Requirements include AAPTIS 262 (Introduction to Islam) and four other courses on Islam or on Muslim societies, two of which must be upper-level courses with one of these to be elected at the 400-level. 

To ensure a breadth of contextual engagement, the student is required to elect courses that reflect at least two different regional foci from among the following possibilities:

  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Iran and South Asia
  • East and Southeast Asia
  • Central Asia
  • Europe and the Americas

Islamic Studies courses 

General Islamic Studies: without specific regional focus

  • AAPTIS 262 / RELIGION 204 Introduction to Islam
  • AAPTIS 285 / HISTART 285 Islamic Visual Culture
  • AAPTIS 361 Jihad in History
  • AAPTIS 365 The Prophet Muhammad in Islam
  • AAPTIS 462 / HISTORY 428 The Rise of Islam
  • AAPTIS 465 / RELIGION 465 Islamic Mysticism
  • AAPTIS 467 / HISTORY 487 / RELIGION 467     Shi'ism: The History of Messianism and the Pursuit of Justice in Islamdom
  • AAPTIS 468 Islamic Law
  • AAPTIS 469 Islamic Intellectual History
  • AAPTIS 495 / HISTORY 429 / RELIGION 496 / WOMENSTD 471 Gender & Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
  • AAPTIS 491 Topics in Islamic Studies  Modern Islamic Movements in Comparative Perspective
  • HISTORY 243 / MENAS 243  Islamic World History
  • HISTORY 428 / AAPTIS 462 The Rise of Islam
  • HISTORY 429 / AAPTIS 495 / RELIGION 496 / WOMENSTD 471 Gender & Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
  • HISTORY 487 / AAPTIS 467 / RELIGION 467 Shi'ism: The History of Messianism and the Pursuit of Justice in Islamdom
  • HISTART 285 / AAPTIS 285 Islamic Visual Culture
  • MENAS 243 / HISTORY 243  Islamic World History
  • MUSICOL 343 Music and Islam
  • REEES 490 / SOC 490 / WOMENSTD 492 Women & Islam
  • RELIGION 204 / AAPTIS 262 Introduction to Islam
  • RELIGION 465 / AAPTIS 465 Islamic Mysticism
  • RELIGION 467 / AAPTIS 467 / HISTORY 487 Shi'ism: The History of Messianism and the Pursuit of Justice in Islamdom
  • RELIGION 496 / AAPTIS 495 / HISTORY 429 / WOMENSTD 471 Gender & Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
  • SOC 490 / REEES 490 / WOMENSTD 492 Women & Islam
  • WOMENSTD 471 / AAPTIS 495 / HISTORY 429 / RELIGION 496 Gender & Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
  • WOMENSTD 492 / SOC 490 / REEES 490 Women & Islam

Middle East & North Africa

  • AAPTIS 331 Introduction to Arab Culture: Race, Ethnicity and Gender Issues
  • AAPTIS 339 Turkey: Language, Culture, Society between East and West
  • AAPTIS 368 / AMCULT 368 / WOMENSTD 368 Women and War in the Middle East
  • AAPTIS 381 Introduction to Arabic Literature in Translation
  • AAPTIS 459 Ottoman Turkish Culture
  • AAPTIS 461 / HISTORY 442 The First Millennium of the Islamic Near East
  • AAPTIS 487 / HISTORY 443 Modern Middle Eastern History
  • AMCULT 368 / AAPTIS 368 / WOMENSTD 368 Women and War in the Middle East
  • ANTHRCUL 409 Peoples and Cultures of the Near East & North Africa
  • HISTORY 335 The Ottoman Enterprise
  • HISTORY 442 / AAPTIS 461 The First Millennium of the Islamic Near East
  • HISTORY 443 / AAPTIS 487 Modern Middle Eastern History
  • WOMENSTD 368 / AAPTIS 368 / AMCULT 368 Women and War in the Middle East

Sub-Saharan Africa

There are a number of topics courses (all of which have been offered multiple times) that may be used to fill the requirements of the academic minor. A few of these are:

  • HISTORY 357 Topics in African History: Islam in Africa

Iran & South Asia

  • AAPTIS 325 / HISTORY 325 / ASIAN 324 / RELIGION 325 The History of Islam in South Asia
  • AAPTIS 464 Perso-Islamic Civilization
  • ASIAN 345 / HISTORY 325 / AAPTIS 324 / RELIGION 325 The History of Islam in South Asia
  • HISTORY 325 / AAPTIS 325 / ASIAN 324 / RELIGION 325 The History of Islam in South Asia
  • HISTORY 397 History Colloquium: Iran Thirty Years after the Revolution
  • RELIGION 325 / HISTORY 325 / AAPTIS 325 / ASIAN 324 / The History of Islam in South Asia

East and Southeast Asia 

  • ASIAN 464 / HISTORY 470 / RELIGION 464 From Mystic Saints to Holy Warriors: Islam in Southeast Asia
  • HISTORY 470 / ASIAN 464 / RELIGION 464 From Mystic Saints to Holy Warriors: Islam in Southeast Asia
  • RELIGION 464 / ASIAN 464 / HISTORY 470 From Mystic Saints to Holy Warriors: Islam in Southeast Asia

Central Asia

  • AAPTIS 340 / HISTORY 340 / ASIAN 340 / MENAS 340 / REEES 340 From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
  • ASIAN 340 / HISTORY 340 / AAPTIS 340 / MENAS 340 / REEES 340 From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
  • HISTORY 340 / AAPTIS 340 / ASIAN 340 / MENAS 340 / REEES 340 From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
  • MENAS 340 / HISTORY 340 / AAPTIS 340 / ASIAN 340 / REEES 340 From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia
  • REEES 340 / HISTORY 340 / AAPTIS 340 / ASIAN 340 / MENAS 340 From Genghis Khan to the Taliban: Modern Central Asia

Europe & the Americas

  • AAPTIS 210 / AMCULT 215 Introduction to Arab-American Studies
  • AAPTIS 335 / CAAS 335 / RELIGION 310 African-American Religion between Christianity and Islam
  • AAPTIS 491 Topics in Islamic Studies: Islam and Black America: From Slavery to Hip-Hop
  • AMCULT 205 American Cultures: Muslims in America
  • AMCULT 215 / AAPTIS 210 Introduction to Arab-American Studies
  • AMCULT 235 / WOMENSTD 235 From Harems to Terrorists: Representing the Middle East in Hollywood Cinema
  • AMCULT 498 Humanities Approaches to American Culture: Why do they Hate Us: Perspectives on 9/11
  • CAAS 335 / AAPTIS 335 / RELIGION 310 African-American Religion between Christianity and Islam
  • GERMAN  460 Topics: Islam and the West
  • HISTORY 391 Topics: Muslim Immigrants in Europe
  • RELIGION 310 / AAPTIS 335 / CAAS 335 African-American Religion between Christianity and Islam
  • WOMENSTD 235 / AMCULT 235 From Harems to Terrorists: Representing the Middle East in Hollywood Cinema

 


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