COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Syllabus

COURSE CALENDAR

Introduction to Course and its Requirements

January 23

Part 1. Islam in the World Today and Tomorrow

Topics: Arabs, Arabic, Muslims, and Islam; current and future demographic profiles of Islam; immigration myths and realities; American perceptions of Islam

January 25 - Pew, American Muslims, Overview and Chapters 1-2 [PDF]

January 27 - Pew, American Muslims, Chapters 3-5

January 30 - Pew, American Muslims, Chapters 6-7

February 1 - Eberstadt and Shah, Fertility Decline in the Muslim World [PDF]

February 3 - "The Moor's Return" [PDF]

February 6 - "Making Muslims" [PDF]

February 8 - Begin reading LTSG report for DoD, The Future of Europe and Its Muslims [PDF]

February 10 - Finish LTSG report

February 13 - Goldman, "Why don't Americans like Muslims?" [PDF] and Ralph Peters, The Eurabia Myth [PDF]

Part 2. Formative Islam

Topics: Life of the Muḥammad; structure and content of the Qur'an; origins of the Qur'an; hadith and sunnah.

February 15 - Donner, "The historical context" [PDF]

February 17 - Reynolds, "Qur’anic studies and its controversies" [PDF]

February 20 - Gilliot, "Creation of a fixed text" [PDF] and Motzki, "Alternative accounts of the Qur'an's formation" [PDF]

February 22 - Sirah I (Call to Prophecy) [PDF]; Sirah II (Hijrah and Consolidation of Authority) [PDF]

February 24 - Sirah III (Conquest of Mecca) [PDF]; Sirah IV (Conquest of Medinah; Prophet's Death) [PDF]

February 27 - Qur'an, Mary; Joseph

March 1 - Qur'an, Family of Imran; Hadith selections (1) [PDF]

March 3 - Hadith selections (2) [PDF] and (3) [PDF]

March 6 - Quduri on purity law [PDF] and funerals [PDF]

March 8 - Quduri on marriage [PDF]

Midterm

March 10 - [study guide TXT -- revised version posted March 8, 7PM]

Part 3. Iman (Faith) and Basic Ritual Obligations

Topics: basic doctrines of the Sunni tradition; ritual obligations; sources of the law; principles of jurisprudence; the madhahib; contours and contents of the Sunni legal tradition

March 20 - Book 1

March 22 - Book 1: Reading Report 1 due -- sample reading report [PDF]

March 24 - Book 1

March 27 - Book 1: Reading Report 2 due

March 29 - Book 1

March 31 - Book 1: Reading Report 3 due

April 3 - Book 1

April 5 - Book 1: Reading Report 4 due

April 7 - Book 1

April 10 - Book 1: Reading Report 5 due

April 12 - Book 2

April 17 - Book 2: Reading Report 1 due

April 19 - Book 2

April 21 - Book 2: Reading Report 2 due

April 24 - Book 2

April 26 - Book 2: Reading Report 3 due

April 28 - Book 2

May 1 - Book 2: Reading Report 4 due

May 3 - Book 2

May 5 - Book 2: Reading Report 5 due

Final Matters

May 8 - Last day of class

Final Exam

May 12 - Final Exam (8:00AM-11:00AM) [last year's study guide TXT -- new version will be posted before exam)