This course is an introduction to and overview of Islam, from its
beginnings to the present. The class examines the origins of Islam,
the content and significance of the Qur'an, the role of Muhammad,
and the primary beliefs and practices of Muslims throughout the
centuries. We will study the development and expansion of Islam
and its impact on politics, law, families, the arts and sciences,
and other areas of society around the world. Students will learn
about various groups within the Islamic tradition, such as Sunni,
Shi', Sufi, and The Nation of Islam. We will also examine the relationship
of Islam to other religions and the continuing importance of Islam
throughout the world today. Area Two: The World's Religious Traditions.
Offered every third or fourth year.