Islamic Thought and Practice
This course examines many dimensions of Islamic faith - historical, legal, doctrinal, popular and behavioral - from early times to the present. Emphasis is on contemporary and "popular" Islam (the beliefs and practices of Muslims), including issues such as colonialism, gender equality, modernization, development and democracy. Students are encouraged to begin thinking about relevant similarities and differences between themselves and Muslim peoples around the world. This course, like all MESP courses, has a strong experiential component, with students being encouraged to learn about Islam by developing relationships with local Muslims. In addition, the course frequently makes use of local scholars, experts, religious figures, or other locals in order to enhance students' encounters with the religion and history of the region.