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Unformatted text preview: Brandeis University Fall 2008 IMES 104a Islam: Civilization and Institutions Cengiz Sisman firstname.lastname@example.org The aim of this course is to understand Islam in today's world, and to provide the student with an opportunity to learn more about Islam as a living religious tradition. It examines the ideas and manifestations of Islam in both historical and contemporary examples. Not only will students gain an understanding of general Islamic principles and practices as set forth in the Qur'an and the sayings of prophet Muhammad, but students will also explore important issues relating the observance of Islam in selected geographical locations throughout the world, and will learn that there are different Islamic experiences, such as Arab, Persian, Turkish, Indian, Indonesian, African and Western. After investigating the origins of Islam during the life of the prophet Muhammad, we will provide an in-depth study of the Qur'an and the Hadith (sayings of prophet Muhammad) as the basis for Islamic traditions. We will then provide a detailed exploration of the Five Pillars of Islam as illustrations of ritual observances. Finally, we will explore selected social issues such as Islamic encounters with the Crusades, colonialism, the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, the role of women and family life, and future of Islam in the West. In order to demonstrate the diversity of expression within contemporary Islam, we will integrate examples of beliefs and practices in countries such as Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Turkey and Indonesia and the United States. Students might also consider Hodgsons three-volume The Venture of Islam as an background source on the Islamic world; The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Islamic World , from which we have excerpts, is a rich yet accessible introduction to Islamic culture. Required Books: 1) John L. Esposito, Islam: The Straight Path , Revised third Edition (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005). 2) F. E. Peters, A Reader on Classical Islam (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994) 3) Al-Qur'an , tr. Ahmed Ali (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984) 4) Tayeb Salih, Wedding of Zein and other Stories, London : Heinemann Educational, 1994 Recommended Books: 5) Akbar S. Ahmed, Islam Today, I.B. Taurus, 1999. 6) Karen Armstrong, Islam: A Short History . 7) Hourani, History of the Arab Peoples . 8) Bassam Tibi, Political Islam, World Politics and Europe , 2007 . 9) William L. Cleveland , A History of the Modern Middle East, Boulder: Westview Press, 2004. 10) Garth Fowden, From Empire to Commonwealth: Consequences of Monotheism in Late Antiquity (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993) 11) Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair, Islamic Arts (London: Phaidon, 1997) 1 12) Marshall Hodgson, Venture of Islam 3 vols. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1974 13) R. Lerner- M. Mahdi, Medieval Political Philosophy (Ithaca, NY: Cornell Univ....
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