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Spring 2018-2019
* ANT 389 / AMS 339 / AAS 333 (SA)   na, npdf

Religion and Culture: Muslims in America

Aly Kassam-Remtulla

The course is an introduction to Muslim cultures in the US. We will read texts from anthropology, sociology, history and other fields to develop an understanding of the historical and present diversity of Muslim communities in America. The first half provides a survey of Muslim communities in this country from the 17th century onward. The second half is a thematic approach to various topics: 9/11, women and gender, religious conversion, interfaith relations, youth, mosques as institutions, and Islamophobia. In addition to scholarly materials, we will learn from multimedia sources (films, news, cartoons), visitors, and a visit to local mosque.

Sample reading list:
Edward Curtis, Muslims in America: A Short History
Louise Cainkar, Homeland Insecurity: The Arab American & Muslim Experience
Yvonne Yasback Haddad, Jane Smith, and Kathleen Moore, Muslim Women in America: The Challenge of Islamic Identity
Andrew Shyrock (editor), Islamophobia/Islamophilia: Beyond the Politics

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 125-150 pp. reading per week. Weekly reflection papers; Take-home midterm exam (6-8 pages double spaced); Final research term-paper (8-12 pages double spaced);

Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 25%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
United States Travel Required

Other information:
Students who are unable to enroll are invited to send e-mail directly to Dr. Aly Kassam-Remtulla ( to inquire about being placed on a course waitlist.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41245 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled