This course will provide students with useful tools for reading about, thinking about, or otherwise engaging with Islam and Muslims.
It is first a survey of important topics in the study of the religion of Islam and its history, including, The Qur'an and the Prophet, the role of Islamic mysticism, Islam and the State, Islamic Law, and Islamic theories of the person and the family.
We will also briefly consider Islam in the modern period. At the beginning and end of the course we will discuss Orientalism and the Western study of Islam so that we can understand ourselves, as we regard the Islam ic tradition. Open to all Classes.PHR, Non-West.