Course: Understanding Islam and Contemporary Muslim Societies

Course: Understanding Islam and Contemporary Muslim Societies

About The Event

Date: January 25 – May 15, 2021

Application Deadline: January 21, 2021

Platform: Harvard Extension School

Instructor: Ali S. Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University

The course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of Islam and the role that religious ideas and institutions play in Muslim communities around the world. Its main concern is to develop an understanding of the manner in which diverse notions of religious and political authority have influenced Muslim societies politically, socially, and culturally. Through specific case studies of countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, the course considers the role played by ideologies such as jihad, colonialism, nationalism, secularism, and globalization in shaping the ways in which Muslims interpret and practice their faith today. The course briefly considers the contemporary situation of Muslim minorities in Europe and the United States. The course, offered on campus or online, allows those enrolled to engage with students from all over the world.

More information on: Harvard University

  • Cost: Free
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