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Fall 2017
Jan 20, 2018
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THEO 184 - Introduction to Shiism
In this course we will examine the history, thought, and practices of Shiism, the largest branch of Islam after Sunnism. Shiism, which is often understudied, has played many important roles in Islamic development and is an integral factor in contemporary geopolitics. We will explore the diversity within the Sh??at ?Al? (“Party of ‘Ali”) including its Fiver, Sevener, and Twelver forms. Literature, film, and primary sources will help us to get a “feel” for the tradition. The course presupposes no background in Islamic studies or knowledge of Arabic/Persian.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Theology Department

Course Attributes:
SFS/RCST Middle East, Mean Grade is Calculated

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