Spring 2008

SOCS 641
Islam and Muslim Cultures

Gottschalk,Peter S.

01/28/2008 - 05/10/2008
Tuesday 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Public Affairs Center 107

This course introduces students to the empirical study of Islam and some of the religious perspectives of Muslims. It seeks to provide familiarity with some of the basic teachings and practices of Islam while exploring the diversity of religious traditions among Muslims in Egypt, India, and the United States. This effort will involve the study and use of the tools of comparative religious studies. It will also require critical assessment of Western views of Islam and Muslims.

Major readings include Geneive Abdo, No God but God; Frederick Denny, An Introduction to Islam; Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X; Attia Hosain, Sunlight on a Broken Column; as well as a course packet.

Peter Gottschalk (BA College of the Holy Cross; MA University of Wisconsin-Madison; PHD University of Chicago) is professor of religion at Wesleyan University. His research and teaching concentrate on the confluence of religious cultures in South Asia, with a particular focus on Muslims and Hindus in contemporary rural India. His work investigates issues of identity, social memory, modernity, and epistemology. Among other works, he has written Beyond Hindu and Muslim: Multiple Identity in Narratives from Village India (2000), co-written Islamophobia: Making Muslims the Enemy (2007), and co-designed the interactive website "A Virtual Village" (2001). Click here for more information about Peter Gottschalk and click here for more information about his work.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

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