L57 RelPol 395

Topics in Religion and Politics: Islam and Muslims in the United States

Spring 2015, T/Th 11:30AM–1:00PM

This course examines the history of Islam and Muslims in the United States, from the earliest days of the country’s founding to the contemporary everyday life of Muslims in the U.S.

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This course examines the history of Islam and Muslims in the United States, from the earliest days of the country’s founding to the contemporary everyday life of Muslims in the U.S. From the arrival of West African Muslims to the Americas during the Atlantic slave trade and the Founding Fathers’ discussion of a Muslim president to Malcolm X, the Nation of Islam, Muslim Students Associations, and grocery stores, the course traces individual, communal, and institutional histories of American Muslim encounters and experiences. Studies of religion, history, and anthropology will be examined with literature, music, films, and new media towards an interdisciplinary investigation of how Islam as a religion and worldview is represented, practiced, and lived, intersecting with race, gender, class, sexuality, diaspora, politics, and citizenship in an American and global landscape.