Islam: From Mohamed to the Present
This course is no longer being offered.
In this course, the historical origins and development of Islam will be studied in light of the sources and communities that shaped it. Themes to be explored include the central doctrines of Islam as derived from the Qur'an and traditions (sunna), the development of Islamic law (shari'ah) the Shi'i alternative, the growth of Muslim theology, philosophy, and mysticism (Sufism), and controversial issues among contemporary Muslims. WRIT
Islam is one of the most talked about but least understood religions in the world. Stretching across Asia, Africa, Europe, America and the Middle East, Muslim communities are diverse and multi-faceted. In this course, we will study Islamic religion and practice from the time of its origins, including the life of Muhammad, up to the present day.
Students will gain an understanding of the social and historical development of Islamic life, thought, and practice in a variety of geographical and cultural contexts. We will explore concepts such as scripture and prophecy, mystical experience, the Sharia and Islamic law, political Islam and Islamism, and progressive Islam. This course will serve as a prerequisite for other advanced courses on Islam and is also one of several Foundations course in the Middle East Studies program at Brown.