HISTORY 399 - Topics in History
Section: 001 Islam and the West
Term: FA 2020
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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May be elected five times for credit.
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From sharia bans to Qur’an burnings, the current obsession with Islam is nothing new but almost as old as Christianity itself. In this course, we will examine western and Christian views of Islam from the seventh century to the present. In turns, the image of Islam has been strikingly positive and extremely negative. What accounts for these changes? What do they reveal about contemporary views? Among other things, we will study fragments that survive from the Islamic conquests, the first attempts to write a biography of Muhammad in Latin, the plays of Voltaire, and the writings of Thomas Jefferson, who asked, centuries ago, if a Muslim could ever be President of the United States. We will ask why particular ways of thinking about and with Islam have endured for so long.

Course Requirements:

Weekly discussion posts, two in-class exams.

Intended Audience:

Anyone, no previous knowledge required.

Class Format:

Lecture and discussion.

HISTORY 399 - Topics in History
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001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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