COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Syllabus

COURSE CALENDAR

Aug. 21 - Introduction to Course and its Requirements

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

Aug. 23 - Pew, American Muslims, Overview and Chapters 1-2 [PDF]

Aug. 25 - Pew, American Muslims, Chapters 3-5

Aug. 28 - Pew, American Muslims, Chapters 6-7

Aug. 30 - Eberstadt and Shah, Fertility Decline in the Muslim World [PDF]

Sept. 1 - "The Moor's Return" [PDF]

Sept. 4 - Labor Day (No Class)

Sept. 6 - "Making Muslims" [PDF]

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

Sept. 11 - Finish LTSG report

Sept. 13 - "Why don't Americans like Muslims?" [PDF] and "The Eurabia Myth" [PDF]

Part 2. Formative Islam

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

Sept. 15 - Donner, "The historical context" [PDF]

Sept. 18 - Reynolds, "Qur'anic studies and its controversies" [PDF]

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

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

Sept. 25 - Sirah III (Conquest of Mecca) [PDF]; Sirah IV (Conquest of Medinah; Prophet's Death) [PDF]

Sept. 27 - Qur'an, Mary; Joseph

Sept. 29 - Qur'an, Family of Imran; Hadith selections (1) [PDF]

Oct. 2 - Hadith selections (2) [PDF] and (3) [PDF]

Oct. 4 - Quduri on purity law [PDF], funerals [PDF], and marriage [PDF]

Midterm

Oct. 6 - [study guide TXT -- updated version posted Oct 4, 6:15PM]

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

Oct. 9 - Fall Break (No Class)

Oct. 11 - Start Book 1

Oct. 13 - Book 1: Reading Report 1 due -- sample reading report [PDF]

Oct. 16 - Book 1

Oct. 18 - Book 1: Reading Report 2 due

Oct. 20 - Book 1

Oct. 23 - Book 1: Reading Report 3 due

Oct. 25 - Book 1

Oct. 27 - Book 1: Reading Report 4 due

Oct. 30 - Book 1

Nov. 1 - Book 1: Reading Report 5 due

Nov. 3 - Start Book 2

Nov. 6 - Book 2: Reading Report 1 due

Nov. 8 - Book 2

Nov. 10 - Book 2: Reading Report 2 due

Nov. 13 - Book 2

Nov. 15 - Book 2: Reading Report 3 due

Nov. 17 - Book 2

Nov. 20 - Book 2: Reading Report 4 due

Nov. 22 - Thanksgiving (No Class)

Nov. 24 - Thanksgiving (No Class)

Nov. 27 - Book 2

Nov. 29 - Book 2: Reading Report 5 due

Dec. 1 - (no assignment)

Final Matters

Dec. 4 - Last day of class

Final Exam

Dec. 7 - Final Exam (11:30AM-12:30AM) [study guide TXT -- last semester's version; an updated version will be posted before the exam)