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Last approved: Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:01:04 GMT

Last edit: Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:01:04 GMT

Change Type
Major
REL (Religious Studies)
408
011600
Dual-Level Course
Yes
508
Cross-listed Course
Yes
Course Prefix:
HI
Islam in the Modern World
Islam in Mod World
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Philosophy and Religion (16PHI)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Alternate Even Years
Spring 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Anna Bigelow
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Assoc

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture55NoREL 408: About 30 students anticipated
REL 508: About 5 students anticipated
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: 3 hours of history or religious studies
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16RELSTBAReligious Studies-VAElective
16HISTBSHistory-BSElective
16HISTBAHistory-BAElective
16HISTTEDHistory-BA Teacher Education concentrationElective
Evolution of modern Islam from 17th century to the present. Primary emphasis on North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Pre-modern Islamicate empires, reform and revival. Historical origins of current issues in the Islamic world. Students cannot receive credit for both REL/HI 408 and REL/HI 508.

REL/HI 408 and HI 508 already exist. It is not known why REL 508 does not already exist.


Past enrollment in REL/HI 408 + HI 508:


2014 Fall Term 35


2012 Fall Term 31


2010 Fall Term 38


2008 Spring Term 35


2006 Spring Term 31


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Global Knowledge
Humanities
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Students will be able to identify and analyze the work of major thinkers and themes in key arenas of contemporary Islamic thought on religion, politics, society, and history.
 
 
Exam questions. Abdul Ghaffar Khan’s early education by his mentor, Reverend Wigram, was sensitized to the effects of poverty and lack of education suffered by his fellow Pathan people, and this led him to begin a movement for social reform that eventuated, in cooperation with Mohandas Ghandi, in India’s independence from Great Britain. Explain how Ghaffar Khan integrated ideas from Islam, Christianity and Ghandi’s pacifism to transcend the traditional code of blood revenge embedded in Pathan culture.
 
 
Students will be able to assess and categorize the theories, methods, and resources used by Muslim and non-Muslim interpreters of contemporary issues in Islam.
 
 
Paper topic: Qur’anic scholar and Islamic Studies professor Amina Wadud was born and raised in Maryland as a Methodist. Since her conversion to Islam, Wadud insists that the Islamic principle tawhid, meaning oneness of God, is the “operating principle for equality” which means, according to Wadud’s interpretation of the Qur’an, that men and women are inherently equal: equal in their worth, and equal in their “direct relationship with Allah.” Relying on Wadud’s conceptual foliation of traditional Islamic principles, present an argument based in the Qur’an, for the importance of educating women to construct a gender-inclusive interpretation of Islamic scripture. Then criticize the argument from the perspective of a female traditionalist such as Egyptian writer Mona Eltahawy. Be sure thoroughly to interrogate any resulting antinomies.
 
 
Students will be able to critically evaluate the arguments made by Muslim and non-Muslim interpreters of contemporary issues in Islam, recognizing the variable saliency of arguments in relation to their audiences.
 
 
Exam question such as the following: Gender roles in society are debated both within and without the Muslim tradition. Compare and contrast the views of three sources on the question of Muslim women's rights, roles, authority, and capabilities as Muslims and as citizens of contemporary societies. What does each source see as the primary issue for consideration? What does each see as the goal and the way to achieve that goal? Would they agree or disagree with one another and why? (Wadud, Yamani, Ezzat, Sisters in Islam, "Sheikha Stories")
Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 
Students will be able to identify and examine major trends in religious, political, social, and historical thought among Muslim communities throughout the world with particular attention to differences between Muslim majority and Muslim minority regions.
 
 
Final exam question such as the following: Compare and contrast the views of three authors considered in Islam in Transition on the nature of the ideal Islamic society and government. (Maududi, Ghannouchi, Soroush, Khomeini, Abduh, Rida, Iqbal, Sachedina, Qutb, al Banna)
 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 
Students will be able to compare ideas, values, institutions, and intellectual developments both regionally and temporally by paying particular attention to change over time during the period of greatest European colonial presence in Muslim majority regions and the post-colonial experience of those societies.
 
 
Exam question such as the following: Many of our readings on Islam and governance deal with the impact of colonialism and the West upon Muslim cultures, societies, and governments in both colonial and post-colonial contexts. Define colonialism, explaining its impact on post-colonial societies. Using three readings from the semester, explain the authors' ideas about colonialism and its effect upon Muslim society. Keep in mind that each author may focus on a different way in which colonialism has affected their subject of study, i.e. in terms of the environment, political formation, human rights, scientific inquiry, etc. (Voll, S.V.R. Nasr, al-Afghani, Abduh, Rida, 'Abd al-Raziq, Arslan, Khan, an-Naim, S.H. Nasr)
 
 
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US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100%
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
NA
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
NA
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
Prerequisite for REL 408: 3 hours of history or religious studies.
Prerequisite for REL 508: graduate standing.
Students cannot receive credit for both REL/HI 408 and REL/HI 508.
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
NA
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
• Bayoumi, Moustafa. How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America. NY: Penguin, 2008. $15.08
• Esposito, John and John J. Donohue, editors. Islam in Transition: Muslim Perspectives. NY: OUP, 2007. $44.95
• Hallaq, Wael. An Introduction to Islamic Law. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009. $34.70
• Kamrava, Mehran. New Voices of Islam: Rethinking Politics and Modernity. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2007. $34.95
• One of the following novels or memoirs to be reviewed in an essay DUE December 2 in class
1. Mohja Kahf. The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf. PublicAffairs, 2006 $10.53
2. Michael Muhammad Knight. The Taqwacores. Soft Skull Press 2009 $9.99
3. Fatima Mernissi. Dreams of Trespass. Basic Books 1999 $16.15
4. Nabil Saleh. The Qadi and the Fortune Teller. Northampton, MA: Interlink Books, 1996. 412.27
5. Tayeb Salih. Season of Migration to the North. 2009 $9.34
6. G. Willow Wilson. The Butterfly Mosque. NY: Grove Press, 2011. $12.55
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
See attached syllabus.
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
NA
College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of Humanities and Social SciencesDavid ZondermanDoes History have any objection to adding REL 508, given that REL/HI 408 and HI 508 already exist? The History Department has no objection to adding REL 508.
No new resources are required for offering REL 508 as it will be taught concurrently ("piggy-backed") with the already approved REL/HI 408 and enrollments will be not be so large as to impose an excessive burden on the instructor.

By the completion of this class student will be able to:



  • Identify the major elements of Islam and analyze the cultural contexts of the religion.

  • Research and evaluate how Islam appears in the modern media and how media representations of Islam impact society.

  • Read and critically evaluate often challenging primary and secondary texts from a variety of periods and places in recent Islamic history.

  • Identify topics relating to Islam in the Modern World and analyze research materials relevant to those topics. 

  • Synthesize and compare the insights gained from the course materials and lectures and critically evaluate the relative merits of their argumentation, sources, and theories.


Student Learning Outcomes

By the completion of this class student will be able to:

1. Identify the major elements of Islam and understand the cultural contexts of the religion.

2. Research and evaluate how Islam appears in the modern media and how media representations of Islam impact society.

3. Read and critically evaluate often challenging primary and secondary texts from a variety of periods and places in recent Islamic history.

4. Identify topics relating to Islam in the Modern World and analyze research materials relevant to those topics. 

5. Synthesize and compare the insights gained from the course materials and lectures and critically evaluate the relative merits of their argumentation, sources, and theories.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Major Paper40%Research Paper (30-35 pp)
Written Assignment20%Annotated Bibliography
Short Paper20%Book Review
Participation15%See attached syllabus.
Attendance5%See attached syllabus.
Other---See attached syllabus for student evaluation methods of REL/HI 408-508.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Introduction1 weekIntroduction
Approaching the Study of Islam, 18th & 19th Centuries1 weekSee attached syllabus.
Colonialism, Wahhabi Movement1 weekSee attached syllabus.
Independence Struggles, Reforming Islam 1 weekSee attached syllabus.
Islam and Nationalism, Islam and the State1 weekSee attached syllabus.
Tradition and Globalization, Origins of Islamic Law2 weeksSee attached syllabus.
Islamic Law Today, Sharia – the Way1 weekSee attached syllabus.
Islam and Democracy, Democracy and Governance1 weekSee attached syllabus.
Freedom of Religion, Jihad1 weekSee attached syllabus.
Gender Justice, Music1 weekSee attached syllabus.
Ecology, Shi’ism1 weekSee attached syllabus.
Sufism, Comic Relief 1 weekSee attached syllabus.
Arab, Muslim, American1 weekSee attached syllabus.
Contemporary Islamic Literature1 weekSee attached syllabus.
Creation of REL 508 to match HI 508 cross-listed course.

mlnosbis 4/18/2016: No overlapping courses. See consultation note from History, above. No further consultation required. (Note that HI 508 as Emerging Technologies was dropped in Feb. 2016, so the course number is available).

ghodge 4/18/2016 Ready for ABGS reviewers. Comment: 500 level courses can not be taken for S/U grade

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-Did this raise issue at UCCC or CUE since this is a dual-level GEP course? It seems like that would raise a lot of discussion. Otherwise, this course is fine. Response: UCCC and CUE have approved this action as written.
lamarcus (Fri, 18 Mar 2016 14:03:28 GMT): Rollback: Information for GEP has not been entered and is not present in the syllabus - please complete these sections. Due to change in the course, the GEP information comes up for review. Thanks!
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