Religion 16: Modern Islam

With all the attention focused on Islam at present, a newspaper reading could be forgiven for supposing that between Muhammad and Usamah bin Ladin there had been no change at all in Islam. Accordingly this is a history of Modern Islam course.

This course surveys developments in Islamic religious history, paying particular attention to Islamic thought and practice since 1800. There is special emphasis on current controversies, which can only be understood by reference to Muslims' recent history, such as:

•The Status of Women

•The Nature of Government

•The Place of Islamic Law

•The Ideology of Islamism

•The Nature of Jihadism


Readings will come mostly from primary texts (written by contemporary Muslims), both modernists and Islamists.

Serves in satisfaction of the non-Western requirement. Open to all classes. PHR.

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