INAF-374 Intro to Muslim American Studies
Fall for 2017-2018
Spring for 2017-2018
Kabir, Nahid
Many Americans cherish an American dream “that all men are created equal”. But what is it like to be a Muslim in America? Since September 11, 2001, Muslim Americans have faced renewed challenges, with their loyalty to their country and their sense of belonging being questioned. With the emergence of the global jihadist movement and the radicalization of some American Muslims, and some one-sided media coverage and political rhetoric, Islam and Muslims in America have remained a misunderstood religion and people.

This seminar course seeks to understand Islam, its origin and philosophy, and the spread of Islam in America from an historical perspective. It explores some concepts associated with Islam and Muslims in general. It also situates Muslim Americans in the broader local, national, and global context. It looks into the concept of identity and belonging of young American Muslims. It discusses diversity, differences among American Muslims, and relationships between Muslim Americans and the wider society. It also discusses national security issues and their impact on Muslim Americans. Finally, it discusses ways to build a cohesive American society.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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