Michael Vincente Perez
Delineation and analysis of a specific problem or related problems in anthropology.
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
Class assignments and grading