Fall 2010

Debating Muslims

Listed in: Religion, as RELI-55


Tariq Jaffer (Section 01)


This course is an introduction to the intellectual tradition of Islam. We will explore works of theology, philosophy, governance, and mysticism authored by Muslim intellectuals of various stripes. The course uses primary sources (in English translation) to introduce the concepts that Muslim intellectuals articulated and the movements that they engendered from the 8th century through the 20th century. We will investigate questions concerning the rise of sectarianism in Islamic civilization, language and revelation, prophecy, heresy, causality and miracles, the role of logic and human reasoning in the Islamic tradition, and conceptions of the Islamic state in the pre-modern and modern periods.

Fall semester. Professor Jaffer.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2017, Fall 2018