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Deborah Wheeler
SISME 210
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Islamic Civilization

Major developments in Islamic civilization from advent of Islam in seventh century to present. Islamic history, law, theology, and mysticism, as well as the politics, cultures, and literatures of the various Islamic societies. Offered: jointly with NEAR E 210.

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Introduction to Islamic Civilization This course is organized around two methods of studying Islamic Civilization. The first is a broad historical/sociological overview of the peoples, cultures and historic evolution of Islamic society from the advent of Islam to the modern age. In this overview, we will examine Islamic societies from Malaysia to East Africa and those in between. The second method is case study oriented. In the second half of the course we will study two cases of Islamic social circumstance: one is women and Islam, the other is Islamic fundamentalism. This is a general introductory course and know previous knowledge of Islam is assumed.

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Last Update by Marion Cook
Date: 02/04/1999