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Without a Profession: Muslim Authority and Service in the U.S. or return to Course Catalog Search

HDS 3027 – Section 01   

Harvard Divinity SchoolHDSNancy Khalil
TermDay and TimeLocation
Fall 2017  (show academic calendar)M   2:00 p.m. - 3:59 p.m.Rockefeller 117 (HDS)
4  (show credit conversion for other schools)
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Who authorizes Muslim spiritual providers and, consequently, determines their qualifications? What distinguishes service (i.e. Imam, Chaplain, Executive Director, Youth Leader, etc) from theological, legal, and scholarly professions? How autonomous has the Muslim community been in defining these roles from the influence of other faiths and authoritative powers? Focusing on occupations in Muslim spirituality in the 21st century U.S., this course draws briefly on historical formations of authority and pastoral care across Muslim practices and communities, past and present, to explore the current vocational evolution, practice, and its potential future trajectories. Looking also at institutional spaces for Muslim spiritual service, the course provides an overview of organizational structures and processes as relevant to those pursuing careers in this area. Students will study the U.S. employment landscape for Muslim spiritual providers, including in-class discussions on occupational challenges, opportunities and major debates within Muslim institutions and organizations.This course will be of interest to those aspiring to directly and indirectly work with Muslim populations, in interfaith settings, and in religiously diverse communities.

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