Examines ethical crises of Islamic regime: Did Islamic Republic promote ethics or decline morality? Analyzes tensions between secularism, democracy and theocracy; semi-democracy and semi-dictatorship; Shi’i doctrine of imamate and the theory of guardianship of the jurist; I.RI.
Continuation of RELIGION375. One course.
First part of two-course sequence providing an extensive survey of Muslim peoples and institutions. The Middle Eastern origins and cultural attainments of medieval Islam. One course.
Teachings, texts, and institutions of Sufism as it expanded from Iraq and Iran to India and Indonesia, from twelfth to the twenty-first century. One course.
Qur’an as central text of Islamic ritual and belief, national reflection, and transnational exchange for nearly all Muslims. Will examine question of translatability as well as issues of interpretation from non-Muslim, secular or non-theological perspectives. Possible usefulness of analogies to literary critical study of Bible. The Internet as a resource for exploring multiple interpretations by Muslims and non-Muslims. One course.
Same as RELIGION370S but open to students only in the Focus Program. One course.