Toni Morrison is a contemporary Nobel-Prize winning novelist who has written on a variety of themes pertaining to America’s racial history. In this course, we will critically examine her novels paying close attention to themes like race and gender, trauma, remembrance, hope, and redemption. One course.
Premodern judicial arrangements and the contestations surrounding their modern incarnations. Topics include bioethics, gender and family law, war and peace, environmental issues, and political ethics. One course.
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.
Philosophy and theology as the foundation of Shari’a law; Islamic philosophy as a part of medieval philosophy under the influence of Plato, Aristotle and Plotinus. Impact on western philosophers such as Thomas Aquinas; major concepts, issues of Islamic philosophy and translation of two trends: from Greek to Arabic, from Arabic to western languages. Brief discussion on mysticism, ethics and politics. 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.