HDS 3628

Understanding Islam and Contemporary Muslim Societies

Ali S. Asani


The course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of Islam and the role that religious ideas and institutions play in Muslim communities around the world. Its main concern is to develop an understanding of the manner in which diverse notions of religious and political authority have influenced Muslim societies politically, socially and culturally. Through specific case studies of countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, the course considers the role played by ideologies such as jihad, colonialism, nationalism, secularism, and globalization in shaping the ways in which Muslims interpret and practice their faith today. The course briefly considers the contemporary situation of Muslim minorities in Europe and the United States. The course, through on-campus and on-line options, allows those enrolled to engage with students from all over the world. Note: Course has a weekly section to be arranged.The first meeting of this class will be held on Thursday, January 29 from 7:40-9:40pm in Emerson Hall. All subsequent classes will meet on Tuesdays in the room and location indicated.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: No
Jointly offered as Culture and Belief 19

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0.50 credits
Spring 2015
Tues 7:40pm-9:40pm
FAS Maxwell-Dworkin Room G-125

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Islamic Studies
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Islam
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None