Topic: Soc of Islam in Adv. Society

TimeDaysLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS Class NumberSyllabus (Tentative)
Tarbutton Hall 105
Oussama Cherribi. 41706 TBA.

January 12, 2011- April 25, 2011

Crosslisted: MESAS370-004.

Catalog Description: A seminar or lecture series on topics of special sociological concern.

Semester Details:

“The systematic study of Islam is a neglected field in sociology.” In spite of the overwhelming literature on Islam, this assertion by Brian Turner in Weber and Islam still rings true. This course is an attempt to close the sociological gap in the study of Islam by examining the traditions of Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Pierre Bourdieu and Norbert Elias, also drawing on the work of Mohamed Arkoun. The course will articulate new sociological interpretations of Islam and its expressions in the public sphere of advanced societies. We will explore both moderate and extreme views of Islam and related topics.  Critical questions we will engage in class include: What effect does the Quran have on mobilizing citizens in secular societies?  Is the Jeffersonian wall going to resist the push of Sharia?  What is the best way to study issues such as freedom of expression in advanced democracies in conjunction with restrictive claims of some Islamic groups and countries? To approach these questions, we will examine controversies in the global discussion of Islam including depictions of the prophet Muhammad, the place of the veil, niqab and burqua, the threat of Quran burning, the construction of an Islamic center at Ground Zero and the killing of Theo van Gogh.

Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources

  1. Arkoun, Mohammed, & Lee, Robert D. Rethinking Islam: Common Questions, Uncommon Answers.
    ISBN: 9780813322940.
  2. Arkoun, Mohammed. Islam: To Reform or to Subvert?.
    ISBN: 9780863567650.
  3. Huntington, Samuel P. The Clash of Civilizations? The Debate.
    ISBN: 9780876094341.
  4. Lewis, Bernard. The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror.
    ISBN: 9780812967852.
  5. Esposito, John L. The Future of Islam.
    ISBN: 9780195165210.
  6. Cherribi, Sam. In the House of War: Dutch Islam Observed.
    ISBN: 9780199734115.

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