This course introduces Islamic religious thought and Islamic studies by exploring central sources (including Qur’an, hadith, and sira), institutions, and debates related to theology, interpretation, law, ethics, and ritual practice. The course follows a thematic structure, requires close engagement with primary texts, and introduces some major Islamic theologians, exegetes, scholars, and jurists. Throughout all, special attention is paid to diversity within the Islamic tradition; the dynamic interplay between authority, tradition, and context; and the role of interpretation. This course provides an invaluable foundation for students who will focus on Islam, as well as for students seeking a robust introduction to Islam.
- Professor: Jerusha Lamptey