Islam has for centuries been Europe’s neighbor and cultural contestant with a history of conflict and co-existence. Since September 11 there has been increasing talk of a “clash of civilizations”, but globalization has also created an interdependency of faiths which requires greater cooperation, understanding and dialogue. A recurrent theme of this course will be whether it is possible to separate the world into monolithic entities called “Islam” and the “West”. Further, we are increasingly witnessing “Islam in the West” as Muslims spread in large numbers to Europe and the U.S. Another theme will be the relations between religion and state in Islam and Christianity. Crosslisted with PSC/MES 368.
Semesters: Fall, Spring