Religious Studies | Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X in American Religion
R438 | 14786 | S. Johnson
The above seminar meets an AH distribution. Meets a Western
Religious Tradition for the major and the minor.
This upper-level course (seminar format) examines the religious
thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El
Shabazz). The course comparatively analyzes the lives and
theologies of Martin and Malcolm in order assess how they leveraged
religious ideas in the American and international public sphere to
effect religious, political, and cultural transformations. The
class includes careful attention to the biographies of these two
figures. But larger cultural themes such as the relationship
between religion and violence, modernity and identity, nationalism
and gender, FBI surveillance and anticolonialism, and theories of
Diaspora and transnationalism will be addressed. In addition,
methods of historiography and culture theory will be emphasized in
research projects. Video and audio materials will be used in the
course to expose students to media recordings of Martin and
The course also devotes specific instruction to developing clear and
effective writing for advanced research (intensive writing course).
Students will write an extended research paper (Intensive Writing
credit). Exams are blue-book format.