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ANTHRO 1661 - (Mis)Understanding Islam Today or return to Course Catalog Search

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Faculty of Arts and SciencesAnthropologyBilal Malik
TermDay and TimeLocation
Fall 2017-2018  (show academic calendar)W   3:00 p.m. - 5:59 p.m.Leverett House Common Rm F
4  (show credit conversion for other schools)
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This course grapples with key controversies ? suicide bombings, blasphemy, gender, Muslim minorities, Islamism ? as a point of entry into understanding Muslim cultures and societies. Drawing on insights from Cultural Anthropology and related fields (Religious Studies, History, Government, Philosophy, Law), the course also encourages self-reflection on our own assumptions regarding religion, secularism, freedom, tolerance and violence. Finally, by dwelling on the case of cross-cultural (mis)understandings related to Islam, the course underscores that no matter what our personal objectives ? social theorizing, developing policy, or being an engaged global citizen ? there is value in understanding how historical and cultural contexts shape us all. No prior familiarity with Islam is required or assumed.

Q-scores listed at http://goo.gl/yKXrHE and https://goo.gl/vidcam. Open to all concentrations/years; no prior familiarity with Islam or Anthropology is required/assumed. Eligible for Anthro/ NELC/ Hist&Lit credit and potentially for GenEd (under new policies). Offered by the Social Anthropology program (also offered as HSEMR-LE 75 - students may not take both classes for credit). Meeting time to be finalized on enrolled students? preference. See course site for details, or email bmalik@fas

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