Courses

The presence of Muslim minorities in the West is increasingly divisive across the US and Europe as political leaders appeal to voters’ fear of the ‘Other’ to promote Islamophobic agendas that reshape immigration and asylum policies and redefine Western identity … read more >

This course takes morality and the question of “what’s right” seriously as a lens through which to understand and assess modern American history. “Morality” is, of course, a devilishly flexible rhetoric, a language invoked to tell people how to act … read more >

The seminar focuses on the formation of “spirituality” in American culture from the Transcendentalist world of Ralph Waldo Emerson on through more recent expressions of the “spiritual-but-not-religious” sensibility.  How did “spirituality” come to be seen as something positively distinct from … read more >

  • The FBI and Religion

  • Faculty: Lerone Martin
  • Schedule: Tuesdays/Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
  • Course Number: L57 RelPol 355

This seminar examines the relationship between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and religion (i.e. faith communities, clerics, and religious professionals) as a way to study and understand twentieth century religion and politics. The course will investigate the history of … read more >

  • Islam, Gender, Sexuality

  • Faculty: Tazeen Ali
  • Schedule: Mondays/Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
  • Course Number: L57 RelPol 362

The return of White nationalism and misogyny to the public sphere since the 2016 election has reinvigorated the trope of the subjugated Muslim woman as backwards and subservient to her male counterparts. Rather than devote our time to dispel stereotypes, … read more >

The United States has often been imagined as both a deeply Christian nation and a thoroughly secular republic. These competing visions of the nation have created conflict throughout American history and have made the relationship between religion and politics quite … read more >

  • Love and Reason

  • Faculty: Fannie Bialek
  • Schedule: Mondays/Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • Course Number: L57 RelPol 245

Love often seems dramatically unreasonable, and reason can seem coldly rational in a way that excludes any emotion, passion, or affiliation even akin to love. The supposed opposition between love and reason has been used by Christian and secular thinkers … read more >

  • African-American Religions

  • Faculty: Vernon Mitchell
  • Schedule: Tuesdays/Thursdays 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
  • Course Number: L57 RelPol 280

This course is an introduction to African-American religions. This course attends to change wrought in indigenous African religions by enslavement, the adoption of Christianity (and severe critiques of it) by slaves themselves, the building of African-American denominations, the rise of … read more >

  • Islam in America

  • Faculty: Tazeen Ali
  • Schedule: Mondays/Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
  • Course Number: L57 RelPol 285

In this course, we examine the notion of a religiously plural America and analyze Muslims’ place within it. We consider the ways that American Muslims both shape and are shaped by U.S. society as both religious actors with autonomy and … read more >

This course engages students in reading and analysis of influential religious texts from the western Christian world from the mid-sixteenth century to the present. The course also examines these texts in their historical context, raising questions about the relationship between … read more >