Islamic Studies Minor Courses
Fall 2021 ISLM Courses
View a comprehensive list of our fall 2021 course offerings along with course descriptions on our Course Gallery (PDF) or view our ClassInfo list, which provides detailed information on all of our courses.
AMES 3679: Religion and Society in Modern South Asia
Given its extraordinary diversity, South Asia provides an incomparable opportunity to study interactions among different religious systems (Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism) in a broad range of social contexts. This course offers a survey of religious formations along with the transformation of religious practice/thought from antiquity to present across the Indian subcontinent and its global diaspora. It further introduces the interconnected aspects of religion and cultural practices, religion and gender, religion and nationalist movements, religion and social media, and religion and environment. We will explore the connection between religion, arts, media, cinema and literature and see how beliefs and practices inform people’s individual everyday lives and collective public cultures.
RELS 3706W: Art of Islam
Study the architecture, painting, and other arts from Islam's origins to the 20th century. Cultural and political settings as well as
themes that unify the diverse artistic styles of Islamic art will be considered.
RELS 3711: The Islamic World
Explore the foundation of Islam in Arabian Peninsula, its spread to Asia and Africa. Islamic civilization, and influence on Europe before rise of capitalism. Additionally, examine the rise of Capitalist Europe, colonization of Islamic World Islamic, and the post-colonial world. Core themes of state-society and development, culture/conflict in Moslem societies, gender and Islam, Islamic World and the West, and Moslems in North America and Europe.
RELS 3712: Islam: Religion and Culture
This course is a brief survey of the religion and civilization of Islam. It introduces students to:
- Islamic history from its inception in the seventh century CE to the present, with emphasis on the life of the Prophet Muhammad and the early Caliphate
- The authoritative texts of Islam, i.e. the Quran and Prophetic traditions (Hadith)
- The institutions and discourses characteristic of Islamic civilization
- The transformation of Muslim life and thought in the modern period
By taking this course, students become familiar with the chief ideas, characters, narratives, rites, localities, and movements associated with Islam.
RELS 3717: Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Middle Ages
A Pew Research survey of the global religious landscape in 2010 found 2.2 billion Christians (31.5% of the world’s population), 1.6 billion Muslims (23.2%), and 14 million Jews (.2%). In this class, we explore how the histories of these religious communities became deeply entangled in an age of diplomacy, trade, jihad, and crusade.