Introduction to Islam

This course provides a historical and thematic introduction to Islam, one of the largest and rapidly growing religions in the world. The key topics to be examined in the course include major beliefs and ritual practices of Islam; the life of Muhammad and the formation of Muslim community in its historical context; the sacred texts of Islam; some of the key aspects and modalities of Islamic tradition (law, social customs and cultural practices, Islamic mysticism, etc.); the roles and experiences of Muslim women; and various issues and trends in contemporary Islam.