REL 171 - Muslims in America

Is it possible to be both Muslim and American? This first-year seminar will examine debates about Muslim and American identity from the era of the slave trade to the present day. We will ask why so many African-Americans, including Civil Rights leaders, sports icons, and rap artists have been drawn to Islam. We will analyze discussions of race and identity among Muslim immigrants, and explore the relationship between government surveillance and terrorism in the wake of 9/11. Above all, we will ask how Muslims have shaped and been shaped by different definitions of what it means to be an American. Instead of a final exam, a final project will examine information about Islam in the American news media. Partially fulfills the Civilization requirement. Applies to Interreligious Studies, African and African-American Studies and American Studies minors. Open to new students only.
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