With the rise of islamophobia, the question "Are Muslims threatening the core values of the West? has become central in European and American politics. This course will respond to this question by providing unique testimonies of Muslims in France, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and the USA. These data come from an unprecedented exploration of Muslims religious and political life based on several years of field work in Europe and in the USA conducted by the islam in the west program. It will show that the reality of Muslims of "flesh and blood" is far from the "Islamic artefact" at the core of European and American politics and it will provide original insights on the ways Muslims act as believers and citizens. Through a methodic investigation, it will analyze the crisis around Sharia, Burqa, and minarets, unveils the specifics of western liberalism and secularism and its transformations since 9/11. Its unique interdisciplinary scope allows for in depth analysis of Islam in liberal democracies by taking a broader approach to religion, liberalism and democracy.
Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Course location to be announced.
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