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Michael Vincente Perez
ANTH 269
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Anthropology

Delineation and analysis of a specific problem or related problems in anthropology.

Class description

Over the last few decades, representations of Islam and Muslims have become a more prominent feature of popular culture. In addition, both as consumers and producers, Muslims have engaged with the global industry of popular cultural production. This course explores the meaning of Islam as expressed through popular culture. We will critically examine how Muslims and others use popular cultural forms to represent, express, and contest the meaning of Islam. Drawing on the insights of anthropological analysis, we will consider key issues in the study of representation including religion, gender, race, class, ethnicity, power, privilege and inequality. Our sources will include films, television programs, music, comic books and graphic novels, comedic performances, and novels.

Student learning goals

Students will learn how to use anthropological concepts to examine popular culture.

Students will learn how to understand Islam as a contested system of meanings.

General method of instruction

lecture, guest lectures, and media presentation and analysis

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Michael Vincente Perez
Date: 11/28/2012