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Fall 2012-2013
* REL 236 / NES 236 (SA)  

Introduction to Islam

Shaun E. Marmon

This introductory course provides a thematic overview of Islamic beliefs, rituals and practices. The course will highlight commonalities among Muslims but will also focus on historical, geographical and cultural diversity. Course materials include primary sources in translation, academic articles and books, feature and documentary films, fiction and poetry in translation and images.

Sample reading list:
Michael Cook, The Koran: A Very Short Introduction
Michael Bonner and Jacob Lassner, Islam in the Middle Ages
Ignaz Goldziher, Introduction to Islamic Law and Theology
Jens Kreinath, ed., The Anthropology of Islam Reader
Alaa al-Aswany, The Yacoubian Building
Carl Ernst, The Shambhala Guide to Sufism

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 200-250 pages of reading per week; participation; precept quizzes; one oral presentation; weekly discussion board postings; midterm exam and final exam.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 30%
Quizzes - 10%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22434 L01 11:00 am - 11:50 am T Th   Friend Center   203   Enrolled:4 Limit:30
P01 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Class of 1879 Hall   231   Enrolled:0 Limit:12