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Islam in America (AFRICAAM 135A, AMSTUD 135X, CSRE 135, GLOBAL 137)

RELIGST
135

This course explores the history of Islam in North America with special emphasis on the experience of Muslims in the United States. Contrary to popularly held belief, Muslims have been critical participants in the construction of American identity from the 16th century onwards when Muslim slaves were forcibly brought to Colonial America. Our course will explore the diverse ways Muslims in America have imagined, practiced, and negotiated their religious identity. We will move chronologically, and we will focus upon three crucial themes: the convergence of constructions of racial, religious, and national identities in America; the ever-shifting terrain of notions of authority and authenticity amongst Muslims in America; and global resonances of the practices and ideas of American Muslims.

Grading: 
Letter or Credit/No Credit
Requirements: 
WAY-ED, WAY-SI
Course ID: 
217 389

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