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Fall 2017
Jan 19, 2018
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THEO 050 - Islamic Thought & Practice
Course Goals & Description

The three main goals of this course: 
•To give the student a familiarity with Islam as a religious choice and vision, not simply a political issue 
•To provide an understanding of the way this vision, as well as the societies that have based themselves on it, have developed and historically and continue to do so 
•To offer a more nuanced, less polarized view of our contemporary world situation 
Texts & Readings

Required Books: 
Daniel Brown, A New Introduction to Islam, Second edition (Wiley - Blackwell, 2009) 
F. E. Peters, A Reader on Classical Islam (Princeton, 1994) Available on Blackboard. 

Recommended Books (on reserve): 
Sachiko Murata and William C. Chittick, The Vision of Islam (Paragon, 1994) 
David Waines, An Introduction to Islam (Cambridge, 2003) 
Goldziher, Ignaz, Introduction to Islamic Theology & Law (Princeton, 1981) 

Students should have a printed copy of the Qur'ân in translation. Those by Arberry, Pickthall and Abd al-Haleem are recommended. Several translations are available online for use outside of class time. 

Assignments & Expectations of Students

Participation (including full and punctual attendance): 10% 
Mid-term test: 20% 
2 short quizzes mostly on terminology: 5% each 
2 Short writing exercises: 10% each 
Final paper (3,500 – 4,000 words): 40% 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

Theology Department

Course Attributes:
SFS/CULP Social Science, SFS/RCST Middle East

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