This course introduces Islam by exploring its historical development, central sources and institutions, core theological debates, and ritual practices. The course includes examination of the life and role of Prophet Muhammad; of the Qur'an and aḥā dī th (narrations about the Prophet); and of Islamic exegesis, law, and theology. It also introduces some major Islamic theologians, scholars, and jurists. Throughout all, special attention is paid to diversity within the Islamic tradition, the dynamic interplay between religion and context, and the role of interpretation.
Note: Enrollment limited to 25 students.
- Professor: Jerusha Lamptey