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 family and person.
We will also briefly consider Islam in the Modern period. At the course beginning and its end we will discuss Orientalism and the Western Study of Islam, so that we can understand ourselves, as we regard the Islamic tradition. NW Open to all classes. PHR, Non-West.