HISTORY 497 - History Colloquium
Section: 002 Islam in American History
Term: FA 2020
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Advisory Prerequisites:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

This course involves soundings in the intersection of American history and Islam. Substantial time will be spent on the era of slavery and the position of Islam as a slave religion during that era. It examines some aspects of Muslim presence, thought, art and social action in North America. It also looks at the ways in which American philosophical and literary traditions have engaged with Islamic themes. It is underlined that Islam has a long indigenous tradition in North America that predates Puritanism, but we do look at waves of immigration (1880-1924 and 1965-), and the place of Muslims in them. The main ethnic groups of American Islam-- African-Americans, whites and Latinos/as, Arab-Americans and South Asian Americans, will all be considered. Some attention will be given to denominations of American Islam--Nation of Islam, Sunnism, Shi`ism and Sufism. The course comes back at the end to consider the impact of Islam on youth and popular culture in the fraught era after 9/11.

Course Requirements:

Grading in the class is based on class participation and evidence of having done the reading (not doing the reading or trying to coast on others' discussion is not acceptable), as well as on three 5-page essays on one or more of the texts assigned.

Intended Audience:

juniors and seniors (history majors).

Class Format:


HISTORY 497 - History Colloquium
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001 (SEM)
5LSA Jr>
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: All sections of 497: Initially reserved for Junior and Senior History Majors, these courses are enrolled by override only. The number of seats available (if any) will appear under "Open Restricted Seats." Interested non-History Juniors and Seniors, as well as History Majors who did not complete the pre-registration, must contact Sheila (history-cc@umich.edu) to receive an override for a closed section.
002 (SEM)
9LSA Jr>
M 5:00PM - 8:00PM
003 (SEM)
Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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