Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Islam & Modernity
N307 | 16015 | Asma Afsaruddin


02:30P-03:45P TR BH 317

ABOVE CLASS P - AT LEAST SOPHOMORE STANDING

A PRIOR CLASS ON ISLAM/ISLAMIC HISTORY STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

ABOVE CLASS MEETS WITH NELC-N 695

Islam and its compatibility with modernity is a much debated issue in
the contemporary period.   The course will engage this timely topic
and discuss the most important “hot-button” issues involved in these
debates: political Islam, democracy, pluralism, rights of women, and
globalization, among others.  The historical contexts which provide
the backdrop for the range of responses to the phenomenon of modernity
and related issues will also receive attention.  What internal
resources exist within Islamic thought which are being drawn upon by
modernists to argue for compatibility between Islam, modernity, and
democracy, for example?  Is democracy (or Islam, for that matter) a
monolithic concept?  Students will be expected to actively take part
in discussions centered around such questions, the assigned readings,
and class lectures.  Prior exposure to at least one class on Islam or
the Middle East is strongly recommended.  The course is open to both
undergraduate and graduate students.