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Spring 2012
Apr 20,2014
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LIBS 648 - ISLAM,THE MIDDLE EAST & WESTERN CIVILIZATION
Most Americans think of the "Islamic World" as an entity apart from "the West", and eternally in conflict with it. Indeed, since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, this portrait of Islam and the West has proliferated around the world: two civilizations, apparently diametrically opposed, locked in mortal conflict. But this is a very recent phenomenon in history, and one that ignores the overwhelming evidence that Muslims have always considered themselves to be part of western civilization, not its enemies. This course will examine the evolution of Islam's relationship to the Judeo-Christian world, from the time of Muhammad to the present. It will proceed roughly chronologically, with emphasis placed on key periods and their literature. For example: (1) Christian and Muslim chronicles of the Crusades; (2) Writings of Ottoman reformers wrestling with the "western question" in the 1800s; (3) Arab and/Turkish nationalist movements vs. Islamic reform movements, from the 1950s to the present; and (4) Present-day representations of the United States and Israel. The course will stimulate critical thinking by requiring students to examine the nature of religious and racial identities, and how those identities have changed.
0.000 TO 3.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Liberal Studies Department

Course Attributes:
MLS COURSE FOR GRAD FEE ASSESS

Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors:     
      Liberal Studies
      Non-Degree-MALS

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