This course introduces students to the scripture, doctrines and practices of Islam in the context of Islam's spread from the Middle East to every region of the modern world. Particular attention will be paid to such issues as communal authority, the Islamic world's relations with the West and the emergence of new Muslim communities in America and Europe in the 20th and 21st centuries.


4 sh

Course Types

Middle East Studies Elective; IGS: Middle East Regional Concentration


  • Fall

Previous Course Number

REL 183

Course Outcomes

  1. Students will distinguish diverse practices within a particular religious worldview.
  2. Students will recognize and analyze how religious traditions and/or identities emerge over time and within specific settings.
  3. Students will recognize and explain the ways in which religious practices and traditions are embedded and function within, cultural, political and economic systems.
  4. Students will apply disciplinary perspectives in analyzing texts, traditions, institutions, and practices.

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