RST 215 - Islam: History, Belief, and Practice

This course serves as an introduction to Islam. It is an exploration of Islam as a lived religion, which examines the diversity of Islamic practices, beliefs, and worldviews — in history and in the contemporary world. The course engages topics such as Islamic sacred texts, art and music, politics, and mysticism. The goals of this course are to introduce students to texts and tenets at the core of Islam and to foster an appreciation for the complexity and the diversity of Muslim practice historically and globally. This course takes a multifaceted approach to the study of Islam: course materials include primary Islamic texts, academic readings, memoirs, works of fiction, as well as audio-visual materials.
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