Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, and is often in the news. Yet it remains deeply misunderstood. This course introduces students to the origins of Islam both as a faith and a civilization; to its legal, social, and ethical principles; and to the diverse cultural manifestations of this faith and its principles across both time and space. Students will also explore Islam’s mystical expressions, its sectarian diversity, and the changes brought about by its encounter with modernity.
Introduces basic religious beliefs and practices of Islam, with view to diverse manifestations of Islamic culture in different ethnic and social contexts. Provides overview of essential rituals of Islamic life, mystical practices of Sufis, certain popular forms of religious practice, sources and application of Islamic law, and distinctive Islamic artistic and literary forms. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture
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