Course Memo

This course will introduce participants to the foundational texts and central beliefs and practices in Islam. We will focus on various aspects of Islamic tradition and history including the development of religious law, theology, philosophy, mysticism, art, and culture. We will explore the diverse ways in which Muslims practice and interpret their faith, with a focus on narratives of Muslim minorities and the role of women in the establishment of Islamic thought and institutions. This course will also introduce participants to key themes and issues in the study of contemporary Islam, offer resources to counter Islamophobia, and an opportunity to engage with some Muslim organizations and communities in the Bay area. Course meets M-F, 6/13/22-6/17/22, and T-Sat, 6/21/22-6/25/22, from 2:00pm-5:30pm at CDSP.