Religion in Black America

Survey of traditional African religions. Explores the various expressions of religion by African slaves and their descendants in the United States from the seventeenth century to the present. Central focus on the engagement of African in America with Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. One course.

Muslim Women Across the Ages

This course explores the diverse realities of Muslim women’s lives, from the origins of Islam to the present, through autobiographical and biographical accounts situated in their social, economic, political, and cultural contexts. The women we will encounter through textual and audio- visual materials represent a wide range of personal backgrounds, including scholars, mystics, merchants, philanthropists, poets, slavegirls, feminists, and Islamists. We will metaphorically travel across the globe and time to understand the multifarious facets of Muslim women’s lived experiences.